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02.21.17

Abstract Concept of TRAPPIST-1 System

The TRAPPIST-1 star, an ultra-cool dwarf, has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it. This artist's concept appeared on... view image

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11.10.16

Brown Dwarf System

This illustration depicts a newly discovered brown dwarf, an object that weighs in somewhere between our solar system... view image

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08.26.16

Spitzer Beyond

This artist's concept shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer begins its "Beyond" mission phase on Oct. 1, 2016... view image

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08.26.16

Spitzer's Journey

This diagram shows how the different phases of Spitzers mission relate to its location relative to the Earth over time. view image

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07.27.16

The Loneliest Young Star

An unusual celestial object called CX330 was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009. It has been launching... view image

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06.14.16

Dimming of FU Orionis (Brighter Phase Artist's Concept)

The brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. Researchers ... view image

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06.14.16

Dimming of FU Orionis (Fainter Phase Artist's Concept)

The brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. Researchers ... view image

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06.14.16

Dimming of FU Orionis (Artist's Concept)

The brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. Researchers ... view image

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04.26.16

Protoplanetary Disk

This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk. Material from the thick disk flows along the star... view image

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04.26.16

Light Echo Diagram

Astronomers can use light echoes to measure the distance from a star to its surrounding protoplanetary disk. This dia... view image

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03.30.16

Hot-Lava World Illustration

This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two ti... view image

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12.14.15

Artist's Impression of "Hot Jupiter" Exoplanets

This image shows an artist's impression of the 10 hot Jupiter exoplanets studied using the Hubble and Spitzer space t... view image

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12.10.15

Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm

This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is th... view image

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11.24.15

Swarm of Comets

This illustration shows a star behind a shattered comet which blocked the light of the star as they passed in front o... view image

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07.30.15

Hot, Rocky World

This artist's rendition shows one possible appearance for the planet HD 219134b, the nearest rocky exoplanet found to... view image

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07.30.15

Little Black Spot on the Star Today

This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star... view image

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06.25.15

Hypothetical 'Rejuvenated' Planets

This artist's concept shows a hypothetical "rejuvenated" planet -- a gas giant that has reclaimed its youthful infrar... view image

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06.11.15

How to Make a Helium Atmosphere

This diagram illustrates how hypothetical helium atmospheres might form. These would be on planets about the mass of ... view image

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06.11.15

Helium-Shrouded Planets

Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from N... view image

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05.05.15

Volcanic Activity on Super Earth 55 Cancri e

This artists impression of super-Earth 55 Cancri e shows a hot partially-molten surface of the planet before and afte... view image

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04.14.15

Map of Exoplanets Found in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have discovered one of the most distant planets known, a gas giant about 13,000 light-years from Earth, c... view image

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04.14.15

Infographic: Finding Planets With Microlensing

This infographic explains how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can be used in tandem with a telescope on the ground to ... view image

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11.10.14

Sibling Star Systems? Dust Structures Suggest So

This diagram illustrates two similar star systems, HD 95086 and HR 8799. Evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope... view image

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09.24.14

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the co... view image

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09.24.14

Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim

A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such... view image

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09.24.14

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the co... view image

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09.09.14

SPLASH Project Fishes for Galaxies

Scientists "fish" for galaxies in this playful, digitally altered photo. The researchers are part of a program called... view image

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08.28.14

Building Planets Through Collisions

Planets, including those like our own Earth, form from epic collisions between asteroids and even bigger bodies, call... view image

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08.27.14

A Cauldron of Star Birth in the Center of a Young Galaxy

Artist's impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy. view image

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07.23.14

Gauging an Alien World's Size

Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of... view image

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06.19.14

Solid as a Rock? Porosity of Asteroids

Asteroids can differ in the degree of porosity, or the amount of empty space that makes up their structures. At one e... view image

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06.19.14

How to Measure the Size of an Asteroid

Observations of infrared light coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light... view image

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06.19.14

The Spacious Structure of Asteroid 2011 MD

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal new information about the structure of 2011 MD, a small aster... view image

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05.15.14

Spitzer's Archive of Asteroids

A new software tool lets astronomers quickly comb through existing datasets to recover detections of newly-discovered... view image

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04.25.14

Cold and Close Celestial Orb

This artist's conception shows the object named WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf. view image

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03.06.14

Loops of Gas and Dust Rise from Planetary Disks

Magnetic loops carry gas and dust above disks of planet-forming material circling stars, as shown in this artist's co... view image

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01.07.14

Weather on Other Worlds

Aren Heinze describes storms on cool stars, inferred from observations with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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01.07.14

This Just In: Storms Expected on Brown Dwarfs

This artist's concept shows what the weather might look like on cool star-like bodies known as brown dwarfs. view image

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09.30.13

Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b

Kepler-7b which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. view image

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09.24.13

Spitzer Trains Its Eyes on Exoplanets

Over its ten years in space, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has evolved into a premier tool for studying exoplanets. view image

   

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