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06.29.11

Making a Spectacle of Star Formation in Orion

The cosmos sport a pair of infrared shades, as seen in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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05.26.11

Stars Adorn Orion's Sword

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what lies near the sword of the constellation Orion -- an active... view image

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05.26.11

Finding Forsterite Around a Developing Star

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have, for the first time, found signatures of silicate crystals aro... view image

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05.24.11

New View of the Great Nebula in Carina

Compared to our own Sun, it is about 100 times as massive and a million times as bright. This famed variable hypergia... view image

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04.04.11

Undercover Jet Exposed

This image layout shows two views of the same baby star -- at left is a visible-light image, and at right is an infra... 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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02.10.11

North America Nebula Disappears

This image layout compares visible (left) and infrared views of the North America nebula, taken by the Digitized Sky ... view image

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02.10.11

Babies in the North America Nebula

Stars at all stages of development, from dusty little tots to young adults, are on display in a new image from NASA's... view image

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02.10.11

Changing Face of the North America Nebula

This image layout reveals how the appearance of the North America nebula can change dramatically using different comb... view image

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01.12.11

Standard Candle in the Wind

This image layout illustrates how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to show that astandard candle" used to meas... 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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08.23.10

Spectral Signatures of Planetary Doom

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a dusty planetary smashup probably occur... view image

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07.28.10

Bright Lights, Green City

Two extremely bright stars illuminate a greenish mist in this and other images from the new GLIMPSE360 survey. view image

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07.28.10

A Shocking Outflow

This image shows an outflow of gas from a new star as it jets from a space object dubbed IRAS 21078+5211, among other... 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

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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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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06.24.10

Brown Dwarf as Cool as a Stellar Cucumber

This image shows what astronomers think is one of the coldest brown dwarfs discovered so far (red dot in middle of fr... 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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03.17.10

How to Spot a Primitive Black Hole

These two data plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show a primitive supermassive black hole (top) compared to a... view image

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01.05.10

Epsilon Aurigae Puzzle Pieces Snap Into Place

This graph of data from multiple telescopes shows the distribution of light from a pair of stars known as Epsilon Aur... 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

Twin Brown Dwarfs Wrapped in a Blanket

This image shows two young brown dwarfs, objects that fall somewhere between planets and stars in terms of their temp... view image

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11.04.09

A Picture of Unsettled Planetary Youth

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this infrared image of a giant halo of very fine dust around the young star H... 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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08.10.09

Signs of Blasted Rock

This spectrum, or plot of infrared data, from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope reveals the presence of vaporized and me... 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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06.10.09

Telltale Signs of Stellar Youth

These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a newborn star at the center of our Milky Way. Our galaxy's cor... view image

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05.13.09

Seeing Crystals Form Around a Young Star

Astronomers have had a rare opportunity to witness the creation of silicate crystals around a young star, as seen in ... view image

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04.20.09

Emission from the White Dwarf System GD 16

This chart shows the brightness and wavelength of the radiation coming from white dwarf GD 16 and its associated disk... view image

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04.07.09

Cool Stars May Have Different Prebiotic Chemical Mix

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected a prebiotic, or potentially life-forming, molecule called hydrogen cyanide (H... view image

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01.05.09

Silicates in Alien Asteroids

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescopes shows that asteroid dust around a dead "white dwarf" star cont... 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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10.25.08

Missing Black Holes Found!

Astronomers have unmasked hundreds of black holes hiding deep inside dusty galaxies billions of light-years away. 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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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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07.15.08

'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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