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12.18.13

Galactic Metropolis

The large white and yellow dots in this picture are stars in our galaxy, while the rest of the smaller dots are dista... view image

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11.14.13

Two Galaxies Masquerading as One

What might look like a colossal jet shooting away from a galaxy turns out to be an illusion. New data from the Nation... view image

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11.14.13

A Galaxy on the Edge

The thin edge of a distant spiral galaxy appears in sharp relief in the new image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.... view image

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08.22.13

The Barred Sculptor Galaxy

The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASAs Spitzer... view image

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06.05.13

Galaxies in Hiding

There are nearly 200 galaxies in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces... view image

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06.05.13

Galaxies in Hiding

There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are ... view image

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05.16.13

Galactic Wheels within Wheels

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the double-ringed galaxy Messier 94. Just outside the b... view image

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12.14.12

Revealing Hidden Black Holes

This composite image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3627, located about 30 million light years from Earth. view image

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10.24.12

Spitzer Sees Stray Starlight

When galaxies grow, they merge and become gravitationally tangled in a violent process that results in streams of sta... view image

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10.03.12

Climbing the Cosmic Distance Ladder

Astronomers using NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope have greatly improved the cosmic distance ladder used to measure the ... view image

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09.26.12

An Artist's View of the Heart of a Quasar

Quasars, as pictured here in this artist's concept, are bright, energetic regions around giant, active black holes in... view image

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09.19.12

A Glimmer from a Dark Cosmic Era

With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astr... view image

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08.02.12

The Swirling Arms of the M100 Galaxy

The galaxy Messier 100, or M100, shows its swirling spiral in this infrared image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.... view image

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08.02.12

Hot and Cold in the M100 Galaxy

The galaxy Messier 100, or M100, shows its swirling spiral in this infrared image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.... view image

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05.23.12

A Pinwheel Galaxy Rainbow

This image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, or M101, combines data in the infrared, visible, ultraviolet and x-rays from four ... view image

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04.24.12

The Sombrero Galaxy's Split Personality

The infrared vision of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that the Sombrero galaxy -- named after its appear... view image

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04.24.12

Sombrero Galaxy Not So Flat After All

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal the Sombrero galaxy is not simply a regular flat disk gal... view image

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03.07.12

Finding Bubbles in the Milky Way

A huge team of volunteers from the general public has poured over observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope an... view image

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03.07.12

An Audience-Favorite Nebula

If astronomy had its own Academy Awards, then this part of the Milky Way would have been the Favorite Nebula pick for... view image

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01.10.12

A Dwarf Galaxy's Star Bar and Dusty Wing

Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light, is one of the biggest satellite galaxies of our home galaxy, though ... view image

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01.10.12

Dusty Space Cloud

Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light, this nearby dwarf galaxy looks like a fiery, circular explosion. Rat... view image

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12.21.11

Distant Galaxy Bursts with Stars

This image shows one of the most distant galaxies known, called GN-108036, dating back to 750 million years after the... view image

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11.23.11

A Dusty View of Milky Ways Smaller Cousin

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern P... view image

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11.23.11

M83 The Milky Ways Smaller Cousin

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern P... view image

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07.20.11

A Twisted Dust Web in the Galaxy IC 342

Looking like a spiders web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this ima... view image

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07.20.11

A Twisted Star-Forming Web in the Galaxy IC 342

Looking like a spiders web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this ima... view image

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06.30.11

Galaxies Near and Far

This split view shows how a normal spiral galaxy around our local universe (left) might have looked back in the dista... view image

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05.25.11

Galactic Train Wrecks

This montage shows three examples of colliding galaxies from a new photo atlas of galactic "train wrecks." view image

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04.12.11

Annotated View of Abell 383

The giant cluster of elliptical galaxies in the center of this image contains so much dark matter mass that its gravi... view image

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04.12.11

Gravitational Lensing in Action

This illustration shows a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, which is used by astronomers to study very dista... view image

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03.18.11

Stars Gather in 'Downtown' Milky Way

A view from the bustling center of our galactic metropolis. Spitzer Space Telescope offers us a fresh, infrared view ... view image

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03.03.11

Spitzer's Sunflower

The various spiral arm segments of the Sunflower galaxy, also known as Messier 63, show up vividly in this image take... view image

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03.03.11

Sunflower Galaxy Glows with Infrared Light

The various spiral arm segments of the Sunflower galaxy, also known as Messier 63, show up vividly in this image take... view image

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01.12.11

Galactic City at the Edge of the Universe

The growing galactic metropolis, named COSMOS-AzTEC3, is the most distant known massive "proto-cluster" of galaxies, ... view image

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12.23.10

Maffei 2: The Hidden Galaxy

Maffei 2 is the poster child for an infrared galaxy that is almost invisible to optical telescopes. Foreground dust c... view image

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11.24.10

Bent Galactic Jets

Astronomers have caught sight of an unusual galaxy that, like a lighthouse, has illuminated new details about a celes... view image

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11.18.10

A Powerful Shrouded Starburst

The collision of two spiral galaxies, has triggered this luminous starburst, the brightest ever seen taking place awa... view image

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10.27.10

Buckyballs in Space

NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has detected buckyballs - intriguing, miniature-soccer-ball-shaped molecules - in inter... view image

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10.27.10

Extragalactic Space Balls

For the first time, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected little spheres of carbon, called buckyballs, in a gal... view image

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08.18.10

Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Producing Stars

Astronomers have found that stars are forming more rapidly in the center of a distant galaxy cluster than at its edge... view image

   

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