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ssc2016-01v1

03.30.16

Possible Lava World (Animation)

This animation shows one possible scenario for the rocky exoplanet 55 Cancri e, nearly two times the size of Earth. N... watch now

sig15-015v1

12.10.15

Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm Animation

This animation shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thoug... watch now

ssc2015-02v1

07.30.15

NASA's Spitzer Confirms Closest Rocky Exoplanet

This animated movie zooms into the location of a newfound planet dubbed HD 219134b -- the closest confirmed rocky pla... watch now

ssc2014-02v1

03.20.14

Panning Through the Milky Way

This video shows a continually looping view of the Spitzer Space Telescope's new infrared view of our Milky Way Galaxy. watch now

ssc2013-04v1

02.08.13

Strobe-like Flashes Discovered in a Suspected Binary Protostar

This video, created from a sequence of images from the Hubble Space Telescope, shows a pulse of light emanating from ... watch now

ssc2012-11v1

07.18.12

Flying Out to GJ 436 and its Planets

Starting from Earth, we quickly zoom out of the solar system into our sun's local neighborhood, populated by the clos... watch now

ssc2012-07v1

05.08.12

Super Earth Reveals Itself to Spitzer

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, captured the light emanating from a distant super Earth, a pl... watch now

ssc2012-07v2

05.08.12

Super Earth Reveals Itself to Spitzer (Narrated)

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, captured the light emanating from a distant super Earth, a pl... watch now

ssc2010-08v1

10.19.10

Weird Warm Spot on Exoplanet

This animation illustrates an unexpected warm spot on the surface of a gaseous exoplanet. NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... watch now

ssc2010-08v2

10.19.10

Weird Warm Spot on Exoplanet (Narrated)

This animation illustrates an unexpected warm spot on the surface of a gaseous exoplanet. NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... watch now

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07.22.10

Unsettled Youth: A Chaotic Planetary System

During the infancy of our solar system, when our planets had not yet settled down into their orbits, this was a dange... listen now

ssc2010-06v1

07.22.10

Mini Soccer Balls in Space

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06.01.10

Swirling Clumps of Planetary Material

Something appears to be pushing around a large clump of material that is in orbit of this star, and it's moving fast ... listen now

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02.05.10

Trigger Happy Star Formation

From recent discoveries made by two of NASA's Great Observatories comes new insight into how stars are created. Large... listen now

ssc2009-19v1

10.06.09

Saturn Family Tour

This video showcases the Saturnian system, beginning with the planet itself and panning out to its newest addition --... watch now

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09.04.09

Baby Stars Found Jumbled In Galactic Center

At the center of our Milky Way galaxy is an area previously unseen by astronomers. Shrouded by clouds of swirling dus... listen now

ssc2009-16v1

08.10.09

Planetary Demolition Derby

This artist's animation shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the siz... watch now

ssc2009-02v1

06.04.09

Tour of Planet with Extreme Temperature Swings

This animation shows a computer simulation of the planet HD 80606b from an observer located at a point in space lying... watch now

ssc2009-11v1

06.04.09

Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star

This artist's animation illustrates how silicate crystals like those found in comets can be created by an outburst fr... watch now

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04.07.09

Cool Stars Have Different Mix of Life-Forming Chemicals

It's life, Jim, but not as we know it! Well, at least the building blocks of life. A new study from NASA's Spitzer S... listen now

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01.28.09

Exoplanet with Wild Temperature Swings

Talk about hot flashes! A planet that heats up to extreme temperatures in a matter of hours before quickly cooling ba... listen now

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12.12.08

Dim Dwarfs

The new record-holder for dimmest known star-like object in the universe goes to twin brown dwarfs, each of which shi... listen now

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11.13.08

Twin Asteroid Belts

The star Epsilon Eridani is even stranger than fiction. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has shown it has two asteroid ... listen now

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09.18.08

Water Hit with Young Star's Best Shot

Water is being blasted to pieces by a young star's laser-like jets, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer... listen now

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08.25.08

Spitzer's Fifth Anniversary

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope continues to surprise astronomers. On its fifth anniversary, we recap some of this Gre... listen now

ssc2008-13v1

07.15.08

Zooming in on Second-Brightest Star in Milky Way

This movie zooms in to reveal the "Peony nebula" star -- the new second-brightest star in the Milky Way, discovered i... watch now

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07.15.08

Brightest Star in the Galaxy has New Competition

A contender for the title of brightest star in our Milky Way galaxy has been unearthed in the dusty metropolis of the... listen now

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06.13.08

Missing Spiral Arms

As a result of a new Spitzer Space Telescope study, two of our own Milky Way Galaxy's spiral arms have gone away. listen now

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05.23.08

Holes on Mars

Spitzer isn't the only infrared mission. Infrared images from another of NASA's robotic missions help us understand m... listen now

ssc2008-09v1

05.05.08

Cauldron of Light

In this animation, a seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that as... watch now

ssc2008-09v2

05.05.08

Dissecting a Light Echo

This animation illustrates how a light echo works, and how an optical illusion of material moving outward is created.... watch now

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03.24.08

Diamondoids in Space

Diamonds may be rare on Earth, but surprisingly common in space -- and new research shows that the infrared eyes of N... listen now

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02.25.08

Common Earths

Terrestrial planets might form around many, if not most, of the nearby sun-like stars in our galaxy. These new result... listen now

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02.04.08

Cosmic Suburbia

Young city dwellers on Earth aren't the only ones rushing to suburbia to start families. New observations from NASA's... listen now

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12.19.07

Uncommon Moons

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that moons like Earth's -- that formed out of tremendous... listen now

ssc2007-19v1

11.29.07

Pulling Back the Curtain of Dust

This artist's animation begins by showing a dark and dusty corner of space where little visible light can escape. The... watch now

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10.22.07

Galactic Thief Caught Stealing Gas

A big galaxy, spotted stealing gas from a passing galaxy about half its size, was caught red-handed by the Spitzer Sp... listen now

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10.09.07

Dust in the Wind of Black Holes

The dust that makes everything around us -- and even ourselves -- may have come from black holes. listen now

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10.03.07

Building an Earth?

An infant Earth may be forming in a star system over 400 light-years away, according to new results from the Spitzer ... listen now

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09.12.07

Neon Signs in Space

A recent detection of neon gas in planet-forming disks may help us better understand how planets form and whether or ... listen now

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08.16.07

Putting the Brakes on Star Formation

Spitzer learns why one class of galaxy seems to have trouble forming new stars. listen now

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08.10.07

Planets with Four Suns?

New results from the Spitzer Space Telescope hint that other solar systems may be even more exotic than we've ever im... listen now

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05.14.07

A Tale of Two Worlds -- One Hot, One Windy

Astronomers have studied two very intriguing planets beyond our solar system -- one super hot, one super windy. This ... listen now

ssc2007-09v2

05.09.07

Mapping Exotic Worlds

This animation shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The map,... watch now

ssc2007-09v1

05.09.07

Blacker than Black

This artist's animation illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "ho... watch now

ssc2007-09v3

05.09.07

How to Map a Very Faraway Planet

Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet bey... watch now

ssc2007-08v1

04.18.07

Infrared Rose

This movie begins by showing an optical image of the Rosette nebula, a turbulent star-forming region located 5,000 li... watch now

ssc2007-08v2

04.18.07

Highway to the Danger Zone

"The further on the edge, the hotter the intensity," sings Kenny Loggins in "Danger Zone," a song made famous by the ... watch now

ssc2007-05v1

03.29.07

Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies

This artist's animation depicts a faraway solar system like our own -- except for one big difference. Planets and ast... watch now

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03.29.07

Double Sunsets in Distant Skies

Once thought to be the stuff of science fiction, double sunsets may be much more common in the universe than previous... listen now

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02.21.07

Atmospheres on Alien Worlds

Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time discovered what the atmosphere is like on plan... listen now

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02.21.07

Hunting for Molecules on Faraway Planets

A first from the Spitzer Space Telescope. A new finding is a stepping stone to eventually studying signs of life on w... listen now

ssc2007-04v1

02.21.07

Hot, Dry, and Cloudy (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept animation shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA... watch now

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01.09.07

Pillars of Destruction

Hubble's "Pillars of Creation" within the Eagle Nebula is one of the most famous astronomical images of all time. But... listen now

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12.18.06

Spitzer Sees the Light

In the beginning there was darkness...but now, Spitzer Scientists say they are seeing the universe's first light. listen now

ssc2006-22v1

12.18.06

Stars Spring Up Out of the Darkness

This artist's animation illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its ... watch now

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12.05.06

Wounded Comet Spills Secrets About Distant Solar Systems

Could Comet Tempel 1 provide the key to understanding solar systems beyond our own? Dr. Carey Lisse talks with Linda ... listen now

ssc2006-21v2

11.07.06

Hubble-Spitzer Orion

This video cycles between the Hubble view, the Spitzer view, and the combined Hubble-Spitzer view of the Orion Nebula. watch now

ssc2006-21v1

11.07.06

Making a Great Observatories Composite

This video shows how a Hubble image and a Spitzer image of the Orion Nebula were combined to create a new, multi-wave... watch now

ssc2006-20v1

10.30.06

Who Ya Gonna Call?

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a galactic ghost buster, spotting hidden massive stars and other monsters lurking i... watch now

ssc2006-19v1

10.26.06

Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion

This artist's animation shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Sp... watch now

ssc2006-18v1

10.12.06

Fire and Ice Planet

This artist's animation shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby "sun." NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Tel... watch now

ssc2006-18v2

10.12.06

Fire and Ice Planet (without data plot)

This artist's animation shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby "sun." NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Tel... watch now

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09.27.06

A Galactic Soap Opera

Our story begins in the deep, dark universe, where galaxies, like people, lead fascinating lives, filled with drama. ... listen now

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09.08.06

Cosmic Disk Brakes for Spinning Stars

Can planet-forming disks put the brakes on spinning stars? Dr. Luisa Rebull discusses Spitzer results that may solve ... listen now

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08.14.06

Piercing the Sword of Orion

Astronomers have long scrutinized the vast and layered clouds of the Orion nebula, an industrious star-making factory... listen now

ssc2006-16v1

08.14.06

Journey to Orion

This movie begins with a visible view of the famous Orion constellation. Superimposed on the area near Orion's sword ... watch now

ssc2006-15v1

07.24.06

Stars Can't Spin Out of Control

This artist's animation demonstrates how a dusty planet-forming disk can slow down a whirling young star, essentially... watch now

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06.23.06

Last of the Great Observatories

Years before Spitzer was launched into space, the entire mission was cancelled! Dr. George Rieke discusses the incred... listen now

ssc2006-14v1

06.05.06

Fade to Red

This animation shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observato... watch now

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06.05.06

Unmarked Grave of a Dead Star

Spitzer has found a supernova remnant that no other telescope has seen. Dr. Patrick Morris discusses his team's disco... listen now

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05.11.06

Searching for Solar Systems Like Ours

Are solar systems like our own common in the universe, or is ours an oddball? Dr. Lynne Hillenbrand discusses her wor... listen now

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04.05.06

Spitzer Finds Hints of Planet Birth Around Dead Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered new evidence that planets might rise up out of a dead star's ashes. (JP... listen now

ssc2006-10v1

04.05.06

Birth of 'Phoenix' Planets?

This artist's animation depicts the explosive death of a massive star, followed by the creation of a disk made up of ... watch now

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04.05.06

Phoenix Rising from a Supernova's Ashes

A supernova may be the ultimate end of a star's life, but this may not be the story's end. Recent Spitzer results hin... listen now

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03.16.06

Seeing Smoke from a Galactic Fire

Michelle Thaller speaks with Dr. George Helou about a striking new image of Galaxy M82, the discovery of mysterious o... listen now

ssc2006-09v1

03.16.06

Cigar Galaxy up in Smoke

This movie compares a visible-light view of the "Cigar galaxy" to an infrared view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescop... watch now

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03.02.06

Origins of Organics

Robert Hurt talks to Yanling Wu about her studies of blue compact dwarf galaxies, and what they tell us about the ori... listen now

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02.15.06

Finding Crystals in Colliding Galaxies

Robert Hurt interviews Dr. Henrik Spoon about a first in extragalactic astronomy: the detection of delicate crystals ... listen now

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01.11.06

Survivors Around a Dead Star

Whitney Clavin speaks with Dr. Marc Kuchner, who has recently discovered signs of surviving comets around a star that... listen now

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12.14.05

Alien Asteroid Belts

Robert Hurt speaks with Dr. Dean Hines by phone about the discovery of an asteroid belt similar to our own around a v... listen now

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12.08.05

High School Students Visit Spitzer

A teacher and three high school students from the Phillips Exeter Academy visit the Spitzer Science Center, and discu... listen now

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11.09.05

The Mountains of Creation

Gay Hill talks to Dr. Lori Allen about the aesthetics and science behind the "Mountains of Creation," a beautiful new... listen now

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10.27.05

Tale of the Tadpole Galaxy

Dr. Tom Jarrett discusses new images of the Tadpole galaxy from NASA's SWIRE mission, and what they may tell us about... listen now

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10.13.05

Amazing Andromeda

Observations of our sister galaxy Andromeda reveal a new side to this Milky Way neighbor. Dr. Karl Gordon and Dr. Geo... listen now

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10.06.05

Cotton Candy Comets

Dr. Michelle Thaller discusses new insights into the nature of comets gained from observations by Spitzer and other o... listen now

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09.29.05

What's a Big Galaxy Doing in the Baby Universe?

Astronomers unexpectedly discover that some very massive mature galaxies were already in place only one billion years... listen now

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09.15.05

Do Planets Sprout Like Wildflowers?

New Spitzer evidence indicates that some gas giants may have grown in less than one million years, faster than previo... listen now

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09.01.05

Spitzer Turns Two

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope celebrates its second anniversary of uncovering hidden universes of warm stellar embry... listen now

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08.16.05

Finding Hidden Black Holes

Dr. Mark Lacy discusses a population of giant black holes, or quasars, in distant galaxies that, until recent Spitzer... listen now

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08.03.05

Organic Molecules in the Early Universe

Dr. Lin Yan discusses her recent discovery of organic molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (or PAHs) in ... listen now

ssc2005-14v1

06.09.05

The Cry of Cassiopeia A

This animation begins with a stunning false-color picture of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. It is made up of ima... watch now

ssc2005-13v1

06.02.05

Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1

This artist's concept of Tempel 1 illustrates the comet's shape, reflectivity, rotation rate and surface temperature,... watch now

ssc2005-12v1

05.30.05

Pillars Behind the Dust

The movie begins with a visible-light picture of the southern region of our Milky Way galaxy then slowly zooms into t... watch now

ssc2005-12v2

05.30.05

Carina in Context

This animation starts with an image of a larger but lower resolution image of the Carina Nebula from the Midcourse Sp... watch now

ssc2005-11v1

05.04.05

A More Spectacular Sombrero

This movie shifts from the well-known visible-light picture of Messier 104 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to inf... watch now

ssc2005-10v2

04.20.05

Sunset on an Alien World

This artist's animation illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star sys... watch now

ssc2005-10v1

04.20.05

Band of Rubble

This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun. ... watch now

ssc2005-09v1

03.22.05

A Planet in a Different Light

This artist's animation shows first what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look like clos... watch now

   

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