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02.22.18

Homes Away From Home? Revisiting the Seven Planets of TRAPPIST-1

One year ago, astronomers announced the discovery that seven roughly Earth-sized worlds orbited around the nearby sta... watch now

ssc2017-10v2

08.17.17

Brown Dwarf Weather Annotated

This artist's concept animation shows a brown dwarf with bands of clouds, thought to resemble those seen on Neptune a... watch now

ssc2017-04v1

05.03.17

5000 Days in the Life of an Astronomy Robot

May 3rd, 2017 marks the 5,000th day of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission. This video gives us a detailed look at... watch now

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08.26.16

Spitzer Beyond

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which launched Aug. 25, 2003, will begin an extended mission—the “Beyond” phase—on Oc... watch now

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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

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03.28.16

The Wild Temperature Swings of an Exoplanet

The exoplanet HD80606 b spends most of its time far from its star, but every 111 days it swings in feverishly close. ... watch now

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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

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03.20.14

Catching a GLIMPSE of the Milky Way

Welcome home! This is our Milky Way galaxy as you’ve never seen it before. Ten years in the making, this is the clear... watch now

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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

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08.23.13

10 Years of Innovation

On August 25, 2003, NASA launched the Spitzer Space Telescope to reveal secrets of the infrared universe. watch now

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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

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08.07.12

Possible Nearby Exoplanet Smaller than Earth (Update)

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is an alien world just two-thirds th... 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

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05.21.12

Cygnus X Marks the Spot (Gallery Explorer)

Over the last half century this Cygnus X has been yielding its secrets to the scrutiny of infrared observations. NASA... 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

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08.23.11

The Galactic Center Revisited (Gallery Explorer)

Hiding behind the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius is the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, over 25,000 ligh... watch now

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02.10.11

The North America Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

Seen here in visible light, the North America Nebula strangely resembles its namesake continent. Expanding our view t... watch now

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12.23.10

The Art of Exoplanets

While astronomers have identified over 500 planets around other stars, they’re all too small and distant to fill even... 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

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

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10.07.10

The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (Special)

Today's telescopes study the sky across the electromagnetic spectrum. Each part of the spectrum tells us different th... 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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07.09.10

The Dragon and the Swan (Gallery Explorer)

Hidden behind a dark veil of dust in the constellation Sagittarius, a lurking dragon has been revealed by the infrare... watch now

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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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06.01.10

When Worlds Collide (Showcase)

When worlds collide, the result is spectacular, and astronomers think they’ve detected the aftermath of such an event... watch now

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03.19.10

The Wise Sky (Gallery Explorer)

In December of 2009, NASA launched its latest infrared telescope, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This satel... watch now

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02.05.10

The Many Views of the Milky Way (Gallery Explorer)

In May of 2009, the European Space Agency successfully launched the Herschel Space Observatory, a new eye for the inf... watch 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

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11.25.09

The One Ring of Saturn (Showcase)

Astronomers have found One Ring to rule them all, not in the land of Mordor, but around Saturn, the Lord of the Rings... watch 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

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09.03.09

Cooking Up Cometary Crystals (Showcase)

The fading light of a flaring young star has shed light on a puzzle involving crystals and comets. watch 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

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06.18.09

Orion Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

Explore the dusty secrets of the Orion Nebula through Spitzer's infrared vision. 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

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

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04.08.09

A Galaxy of a Different Color (Showcase)

To commemorate this International Year of Astronomy, three of NASA's flagship observatories have put a new spin on ho... 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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02.02.09

The Omega Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

The Omega Nebula, or M17, is a star-forming region in the constellation of Sagittarius and is about 6,000 light years... watch 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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12.26.08

The W5 Stellar Blast Furnace (Showcase)

It's a chaotic region, sculpted by the glare of one generation of massive stars that's giving rise to the next. watch 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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10.30.08

The Milky Way Big Picture (Showcase)

Two and a half billion infrared pixels are exposing our own Galaxy in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... watch 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

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08.12.08

Snowflake Cluster (Gallery Explorer)

A group of baby stars form a "stellar snowflake" in Spitzer's observations of a dusty region near the Cone Nebula. 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

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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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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06.13.08

Echoes of a Supernova (Showcase)

A supernova flash echoing through surrounding dust clouds has given astronomers a virtual time machine for studying t... watch 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

ssc2008-09v2

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

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

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04.15.08

Protostellar Jets (Gallery Explorer)

Giant jets from baby stars blow colorful bubbles in interstellar space. Spitzer's infrared view reveals these structu... watch now

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04.04.08

Promo: IRrelevant Astronomy

IRrelevant Astronomy takes a lighthearted, comedic look at the infrared Universe. Enjoy this peek at the Spitzer Spac... 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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02.13.08

Rho Ophiuchi Cloud (Gallery Explorer)

One of the most striking nearby star-forming regions is the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud. New images from Spitzer reveal its in... watch 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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12.22.07

The X-Planets (Showcase)

These two extreme planets have set the records for the hottest and windiest known worlds anywhere. watch 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

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11.30.07

Galaxies (Gallery Explorer)

Galaxies take on striking new colors and structures when viewed by the infrared eye of the Spitzer Space Telescope. watch now

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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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10.30.07

Trilogy of Terror (Showcase)

For Halloween, a trilogy of spooky star-forming regions tell a haunting tale of the lives and deaths of stars. 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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10.02.07

Mira, A Real Shooting Star (Showcase)

The star Mira has kept a stunning secret that scientists have only just discovered in the glow of ultraviolet light. watch 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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09.05.07

Helix Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

The eerie Helix nebula, created from the outer layers of a dying star once like our own, reveals secrets to the Spitz... watch 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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07.20.07

Eta Carinae (Gallery Explorer)

The beautiful Carina nebula, stretching 200 light years across space, has been shredded by ultraviolet radiation and ... watch now

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06.28.07

Special: M51 & Gizmo

What makes the Earth livable? In this animated cartoon, innocent alien M51 moves the Earth into a closer orbit around... watch now

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05.30.07

Galactic Center (Gallery Explorer)

The fantastic structures at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, hidden from us in visible light, are revealed through... watch 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

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05.14.07

Andromeda, Beauty and the Beast (Showcase)

In Greek Mythology, the Princess Andromeda was sacrificed to appease a sea monster's appetite. But astronomers are le... 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

ssc2007-09v2

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

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05.02.07

Large Magellanic Cloud (Gallery Explorer)

The Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that orbits the Milky Way, is revealed in exquisite detail in this video f... 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

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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

ssc2007-05v1

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

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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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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01.30.07

Pillars of Destruction

They're known as the Pillars of Creation, but according to recent Spitzer observations these ghostly apparitions have... 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

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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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12.18.06

Seeing the First Light

Astronomers peering deeply into the cosmos think they have found something remarkable... the light from the first obj... 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

ssc2006-21v1

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

   

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