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07.22.10

Jiggling Soccer-Ball Molecules in Space

These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the signatures of buckyballs in space. view image

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07.14.10

A Massive Star and Its Cradle

This star-forming region is dominated by the bright, young star IRAS 13481-6124 (upper left), which is about twenty t... view image

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07.07.10

The Invisible Dragon

A dragon-shaped cloud of dust seems to fly out from a bright explosion in this infrared light image (top) from the Sp... view image

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07.07.10

Dragon's Lair

A dragon-shaped cloud of dust seems to fly out from a bright explosion in this infrared light image from the Spitzer ... view image

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05.20.10

Blobs House Twin Stars

New evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is showing that tight-knit twin stars might be triggered to form by ... view image

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04.02.10

Orion's Dreamy Stars

A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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04.01.10

Warm Mission Dreamy Stars of Orion

A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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03.10.10

Counting the Youth in a Middle Aged Galaxy

This image is roughly 1/34 of the entire GLIMPSE Survey of our Milky Way galaxy. This small section is riddled with y... view image

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01.05.10

Dusty, Little Galaxy

The infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. view image

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01.05.10

Little Galaxy with a Tail

The infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. view image

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01.05.10

Little Galaxy Explored

The infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. view image

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12.23.09

A Quarter Century of Infrared Astronomy

International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA) Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, California Institute of Technology view image

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11.23.09

NASA's Great Observatories' View of the Crab Nebula

A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. Now, almos... view image

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11.23.09

Dusty Beginnings of a Star

This artist's rendering gives us a glimpse into a cosmic nursery as a star is born from the dark, swirling dust and g... view image

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11.10.09

Great Observatories' Unique Views of the Milky Way

In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, NASA's Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope,... view image

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08.12.09

Trigger-Happy Cloud

This composite image, combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope shows the star... view image

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08.05.09

Spitzer's First Warm Images

These images are some of the first to be taken during Spitzer's warm mission -- a new phase that began after the tele... view image

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06.10.09

Baby Stars in Galactic Rat's Nest

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three baby stars in the bustling center of our Milky Wa... view image

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03.12.09

'Cat's Eye' Planetary Nebula

The "Cat's Eye" nebula, or NGC 6543, is a well-studied example of a "planetary nebula." Such objects are the glowing ... view image

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12.24.08

2-Channel RCW 49

This image of prolific star-forming region RCW 49 exposes breathtaking detail of this dark and dusty region, which is... view image

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12.16.08

Devastated Stellar Neighborhood

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the nasty effects of living near a group of massive stars: radia... view image

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12.08.08

Celestial Sea of Stars

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a new, infrared view of the choppy star-making cloud called M17, also kno... view image

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12.03.08

Vivid View of Tycho's Supernova Remnant

This composite image of the Tycho supernova remnant combines infrared and X-ray observations obtained with NASA's Spi... view image

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10.08.08

Stellar Work of Art

This painterly portrait of a star-forming cloud, called NGC 346, is a combination of multiwavelength light from NASA'... view image

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10.01.08

Cassiopeia A: Supernova Flashback (Annotated)

The Cassiopeia A supernova's first flash of radiation makes six clumps of dust (circled) unusually hot. view image

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09.18.08

HH 221: Laser-Sharp Jet Splits Water

A jet of gas firing out of a very young star can be seen ramming into a wall of material in this infrared image from ... view image

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07.21.08

Spitzer Reveals Stellar 'Family Tree'

Generations of stars can be seen in this new infrared portrait of the star formation region W5 from NASA's Spitzer Sp... view image

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07.21.08

Spitzer Reveals Stellar 'Family Tree'

Generations of star formation can be seen in this infrared portrait of W5 from the Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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07.15.08

'Peony Nebula' Star Settles for Silver Medal

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Peony Nebular, which may contain the second brightest star i... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 8

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 12

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 11

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 9

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 7

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 15

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 3

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

Inner Milky Way Raging with Star Formation

More than 444,580 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this portrait of the ra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 16

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 14

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

Spitzer Finds Clarity in the Inner Milky Way

More than 800,000 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this infrared portrait ... view image

   

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