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11.28.07

Planets Forming Around a Sun-like Star

This is an artist's rendition of the one-million-year-old star system called UX Tau A, located approximately 450 ligh... view image

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10.03.07

Birth of an Earth-like Planet

This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rock... view image

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08.29.07

Steamy Solar System

This diagram illustrates the earliest journeys of water in a young, forming star system. view image

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08.29.07

Planet-Forming Disk Around a Baby Star

This artist's concept shows a young star surrounded by a dusty protoplanetary disk. This disk contains the raw materi... view image

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04.18.07

Evaporating Protoplanetary Disk

Young, cooler stars like our sun can form in the danger zones around scorching hot stars, called O-stars. The closer ... view image

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03.27.07

Solar System with Snug Suns

This artist's concept depicts a faraway solar system like our own except for one big difference. Planets and asteroi... view image

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03.27.07

Where Planets Take up Residence

This diagram illustrates that mature planetary systems like our own might be more common around twin, or binary, star... view image

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07.24.06

Stars Can't Spin Out of Control

This artist's concept shows a dusty planet-forming disk in orbit around a whirling young star. NASA's Spitzer Space T... view image

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05.22.06

Stellar Jets

This artist concept illustrates jets of material shooting out from the neutron star in the interacting binary system ... view image

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04.05.06

Circle of Ashes

This plot tells astronomers that a pulsar, the remnant of a stellar explosion, is surrounded by a disk of its own ash... view image

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04.05.06

Stellar Rubble May Be Planetary Building Blocks

This artist's concept depicts a type of dead star called a pulsar and the surrounding disk of rubble discovered by NA... view image

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02.08.06

Supersized Disk

This illustration compares the size of a gargantuan star and its surrounding dusty disk (top) to that of our solar sy... view image

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02.08.06

Little Dust Grains in Giant Stellar Disks

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the composition of a monstrous disk of what may be plane... view image

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01.11.06

Comet 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star

This artist's concept illustrates a comet being torn to shreds around a white dwarf called G29-38. NASA's Spitzer Spa... view image

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01.10.06

Circumbinary Disk

This artist concept shows a debris disk in a cataclysmic variable system which consists of a highly magnetic white dw... view image

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12.20.05

Portrait of Our Dusty Past

This artist's concept illustrates a solar system that is a much younger version of our own. Dusty disks, like the one... view image

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12.20.05

Life's Starting Materials Found in Dusty Disk

This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredient... view image

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12.14.05

The Invisible Disk

Astronomers can detect the presence of disks of dust orbiting distant stars by measuring how the combined light from ... view image

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12.14.05

Belt of Dust

A narrow asteroid belt filled with rocks and dusty debris, orbits a star similar to our own Sun when it was approxima... view image

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10.20.05

Planet Clumps and Crystals Around Brown Dwarfs

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the spectra (middle four lines) of dusty disks around fo... view image

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10.20.05

Sowing the Seeds of Planets?

This artist's concept shows microscopic crystals in the dusty disk surrounding a brown dwarf, or "failed star." The c... view image

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09.12.05

Planets May Leave Tracks in Dust

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have gathered the most detailed data yet on a gap in a protoplanetar... view image

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07.18.05

Disk Around Red Dwarf Stars in the Stephenson 34 System

Astronomers were surprised to discover a 25-million-year-old protoplanetary disk around a pair of red dwarf stars 350... view image

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04.20.05

Super-Comet or Big Asteroid Belt

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 6983... view image

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02.07.05

Mini Solar System in the Making

A brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disk of planet-building dust. The brown dwarf, called OTS 44, is only 15 times... view image

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12.09.04

The View from Within AU Microscopii's Disk

This is an artist's impression of the view from the vicinity of a hypothetical terrestrial planet and moon orbiting t... view image

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12.09.04

Planets Point to Dust

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that stars with known planets (blue) are more likely... view image

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12.09.04

A Distant Solar System

This artist's concept depicts a distant hypothetical solar system, similar in age to our own. Looking inward from the... view image

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12.09.04

Model of AU Microscopii Disk

This is a so-called scatter model based on the Hubble Space Telescope image of the planetary debris encircling the st... view image

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11.09.04

Spitzer Spectrum of Ices in a Protoplanetary Disc

Astronomers have made the first clear detection of a variety of ices -- water, ammonium, and carbon dioxide -- in the... view image

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11.09.04

Observing Young Stars: Hitting the 'Sweet Spot'

What does an extremely young planetary system look like? The answer depends on your point of view. This diagram shows... view image

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10.18.04

The Rocky World of Young Planetary Systems (Annotated)

This artist's concept illustrates how planetary systems arise out of massive collisions between rocky bodies. New fin... view image

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10.18.04

The Rocky World of Young Planetary Systems

This artist's concept illustrates how planetary systems arise out of massive collisions between rocky bodies. New fin... view image

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10.18.04

Spitzer Detects Surprisingly Large Rings of Dust

This graph shows the extent of planetary debris discs around nearby stars of various ages, as measured by NASA's Spit... view image

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10.18.04

The Rocky World of Young Planetary Systems

This artist's concept illustrates how planetary systems arise out of massive collisions between rocky bodies. New fin... view image

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07.02.04

Planetary Building Blocks Found in Surprising Place

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that an extraordinarily low-mass brown dwarf, or "failed... view image

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05.27.04

Spectra Show Protoplanetary Disk Structures

How can you tell if a star has a protoplanetary disk around it, when the disk is too small to image directly? Using t... view image

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05.27.04

Spitzer Spectra of Protoplanetary Disks

Using sensitive instruments onboard NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have seen the first building blocks of... view image

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01.01.03

Jets of Outflowing Gas Burst from a Forming Star

Jets of outflowing gas burst from a forming star still accumulating material from the surrounding disk. view image

 

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