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This illustration shows the relative sizes of the Sun and the Earth by placing them impossibly close together.
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Earth
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=sig07-012
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by NASA/A. Hobart (CXO)
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This animation of a supernova explosion demonstrates what happens when a massive star explodes and creates a shell of hot gas that glows brightly in X-rays. These X-rays reveal the dynamics of the explosion.
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-15v3
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
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Astronomers are using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to probe the structures of circumstellar discs, the dusty discs that surround young stars, to look for the earliest signs of the formation of planetary systems. Examining young stars in the constellation of Taurus known to have such discs, Spitzer's ultra-sensitive infrared spectrograph instrument has detected the clearest evidence to date that an inner gap has formed in the disc surrounding the star CoKu Tau 4. Such a gap could indicate the...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Constellation, What -- Taurus, What -- Infrared...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-08v3
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech
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The first images from the Spitzer Space Telescope, the fourth element of NASA's Great Observatories program.
Topic: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2003-06v1
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)
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This animation transitions from the more familiar visible light image of the "Whirlpool Galaxy" to the dramatic new view captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Revealed are strange structures bridging the gaps between the dust-rich spiral arms, and tracing the dust, gas and stellar populations in both the bright spiral galaxy and its companion. The visible light image comes from the Kitt Peak National Observatory 2.1m telescope, and is a four-color composite showing light from...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Constellation, What -- Canes...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-19v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/StScI
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In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes. This animation fades between images taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope in the field known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. In the first picture, observations from Chandra show high-energy emissions believed to trace the presence of...
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- TRACE, What --...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-10v2
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This movie shifts from the well-known visible-light picture of Messier 104 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to infrared views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Messier 104 is commonly known as the Sombrero galaxy because in visible light, it resembles the broad-brimmed Mexican hat. However, in Spitzer's striking infrared view, the galaxy looks more like a "bull's eye." Viewed from Earth, the spiral galaxy is seen nearly edge-on, just six degrees away from its equatorial plane....
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC),...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2005-11v1w
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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"The further on the edge, the hotter the intensity," sings Kenny Loggins in "Danger Zone," a song made famous by the movie "Top Gun". The same words ring true for young, cooler stars like our sun that live in the danger zones around scorching hot stars, called O-stars. The closer a young, maverick star happens to be to a super hot O-star, the more likely its burgeoning planets will be blasted into space. This artist's animation illustrates how this process works....
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-08v2
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's rendering shows a view of our own Milky Way Galaxy and its central bar as it might appear if viewed from above. An arrow indicates the location of our Sun. Astronomers have concluded for many years that our galaxy harbors a stellar bar, though its presence has been inferred indirectly. Our vantage point within the disk of the galaxy makes it difficult to accurately determine the size and shape of this bar and surrounding spiral arms. New observations by the GLIMPSE legacy team...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=sig05-010
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's animation illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky that might be the collective glow of clumps of the universe's first objects. Astronomers do not know if these first objects were stars or "quasars," which are black holes voraciously consuming surrounding gas. The movie begins with a...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Sun, Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2006-22v1
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's animation shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby "sun." NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observed a planetary system like this one, as the planet's sunlit and dark hemispheres swung alternately into the telescope's view. Based on the rise and fall of the planet's infrared light, or heat, Spitzer was able to measure the difference in temperature between the two sides of the planet -- about 1,400 degrees Celsius (2,550 degrees Fahrenheit). According to...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Moon, What -- Earth
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2006-18v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UIUC & Caltech/AURA
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This artist's animation begins by showing a dark and dusty corner of space where little visible light can escape. The animation then transitions to an infrared view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, revealing an embryonic star with dramatic jets. This infrared portrait gives us a rare look at what our own solar system looked like billions of years ago. Stars form out of spinning clouds, or envelopes, of gas and dust. As the envelopes flatten and collapse, jets of gas stream outward and a...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-19v1
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
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This animation illustrates the process of triggered star formation. First, a massive star in its final death throes explodes or "goes supernova," shooting a shock wave through surrounding clouds of gas and dust. Next, the shock wave compresses the gas and dust, gravity kicks in, and finally, a new wave of stars is born. The whole progression, from the death of one star to the birth of others, takes millions of years to complete.
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-04v2
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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"The further on the edge, the hotter the intensity," sings Kenny Loggins in "Danger Zone," a song made famous by the movie "Top Gun". The same words ring true for young, cooler stars like our sun that live in the danger zones around scorching hot stars, called O-stars. The closer a young, maverick star happens to be to a super hot O-star, the more likely its burgeoning planets will be blasted into space. This artist's concept illustrates the process in action. An...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-08c
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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This artist's animation illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot Jupiter" called HD 149026b, is a sweltering 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit (2,040 degrees Celsius) -- about three times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system. The planet is so hot that astronomers believe it is absorbing almost all of the heat from its star, and reflecting very little to no light. Objects that reflect no sunlight are...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Venus, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Visible Light, What --...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-09v1w
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)
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This 18-second animation zooms in on Herbig-Haro 46/47 and its embedded protostar with molecular outflows. Spitzer/IRAC lifts the cosmic veil and transforms the dark and opaque cloud seen at visible light wavelengths to a spectacular view of a previously unseen protostar and its bipolar outflows.
Topic: What -- Visible Light
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2003-06v4
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R.Hurt
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This "side-by-side" comparison image shows Spitzer's Delta II rocket in the late afternoon before launch. On the top is a photograph in visible light, while on the bottom is a false-color infrared image showing the launch vehicle in the way Spitzer would see it. The coldest surfaces in the infrared image are blue/black while the hottest ones are yellow/white. The comparison between these two images reveals many interesting features of infrared light. In many places the infrared image...
Topic: What -- Visible Light
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ir001
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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Three newly-discovered streams arcing high over the Milky Way Galaxy are remnants of cannibalized galaxies and star clusters. The streams are between 13,000 and 130,000 light-years distant from Earth and extend over much of the northern sky. Two of the newly discovered streams are almost certainly the remains of ancient star clusters. Known to astronomers as globular clusters, these giant stellar cities contain between tens of thousands and millions of stars. Though only about 150 globular...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Milky Way Galaxy, Where -- dwarf galaxy
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=sig07-008
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's animation shows first what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look like close up in visible light, then switches to infrared views. In visible light, a star shines brilliantly, overwhelming the little light that is reflected by its planet. In infrared, a star is less blinding, and its planet perks up with a fiery glow. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took advantage of this fact to directly capture the infrared light of two previously...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Sun, What -- Jupiter, Where --...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2005-09v1
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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Using the unique orbit of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a depth-perceiving trick called parallax, astronomers have determined the distance to an invisible Milky Way object called OGLE-2005-SMC-001. This artist's concept illustrates how this trick works: different views from both Spitzer and telescopes on Earth are combined to give depth perception. Our Milky Way galaxy is heavier than it looks, and scientists use the term "dark matter" to describe all the "heavy stuff"...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Earth, What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-11b
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)
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This 22-second animation shows how our view of a dark globule in IC 1396 changes as we move from visible light through near-infrared to mid-infrared wavelengths. The dark globule is virtually opaque at visible-light wavelengths and becomes transparent in the near-infrared. A glowing stellar nursery, with never before seen protostars and young stars, is vividly revealed through mid-infrared images obtained by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2003-06v2
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Rudnick (Univ. of Minn.)
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This artist's concept illustrates a massive star before and after it blew up in a cataclysmic "supernova" explosion. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that this star -- the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A -- exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart. Cassiopeia A is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. It was once a massive star 15 to 20 times larger than our sun. Its fiery death...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Cassiopeia, What -- Constellation, What -- Sun, What --...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2006-19b
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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This artist's concept animation shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was recently used to capture spectra, or molecular fingerprints, of two "hot Jupiter" worlds like the one depicted here. This is the first time a spectrum has ever been obtained for an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The ground-breaking observations were made with Spitzer's spectrograph, which pries apart infrared light into...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Visible Light, What -- Constellation,...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-04v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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This animation shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The map, which shows temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, is made up of infrared data taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Everything else shown, for example the star and the lines, are artistic illustrations. The movie begins by showing a two-dimensional view of the map. Hotter temperatures are represented in brighter colors. The map is...
Topics: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Jupiter, What --...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-09v2w
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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This artist's animation demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewed in infrared light. The movie begins with a visible-light view, showing a dark blob of a galaxy that is so shrouded in dust it appears invisible. The picture then transitions to what the same region of space might look like in infrared light. A galaxy appears out of the darkness, because its heated dust glows at infrared wavelengths. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope uncovered a...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2005-08v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/H. Kline (JPL)
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This view shows where the newly discovered planet-like body, dubbed "Sedna," would lie in the evening skies at around 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on the date its discovery was announced (March 15, 2004). It was located in the constellation of Cetus and formed a triangle with Mars and Venus in the direction of the setting Sun. Sedna is so faint, however, that it can not be seen with the naked eye, or with telescopes typically used by amateur astronomers.
Topics: What -- Sedna, What -- Discovery, What -- Constellation, What -- Cetus, What -- Mars, What --...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-05e
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/B. Brandl (Cornell & University of Leiden) & ESO
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NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope has captured in stunning detail the spidery filaments and newborn stars of the Tarantula Nebula, a rich star-forming region also known as 30 Doradus. In this animation the infrared structures seen by this new observatory are compared with a visible light image from the ground-based European Southern Observatory (ESO) to highlight the power of Spitzer to see what other telescopes cannot. Starting with the ESO visible-light image, the spider-like filaments that...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Visible Light, What -- ESO, What -- TRACE
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-01v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's animation depicts the explosive death of a massive star, followed by the creation of a disk made up of the star's ashes. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to see the warm glow of such a dusty disk using its heat-seeking infrared vision. Astronomers believe planets might form in this dead star's disk, like the mythical Phoenix rising up out of the ashes. The movie begins by showing a dying massive star called a red giant. This bloated star is about 15 times more massive than...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Phoenix, What -- Sun, What -- Constellation, What --...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2006-10v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
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This animation demonstrates the power of infrared light to see what visible light cannot -- a newfound bundle of stars called a globular cluster. The movie shifts from a visible-light image to a near-infrared image to a new mid-infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The visible-light image is from the California Institute of Technology's Digitized Sky Survey and the near-infrared image is from the NASA-funded Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS). Globular clusters date back to the...
Topics: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), What -- Visible Light, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-16v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a galactic ghost buster, spotting hidden massive stars and other monsters lurking in our galaxy.
Topic: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2006-20v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope finds a delicate flower in the Ring Nebula, as shown in this animation. The outer shell of this planetary nebula looks surprisingly similar to the delicate petals of a camellia blossom. A planetary nebula is a shell of material ejected from a dying star. Located about 2,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Lyra, the Ring Nebula is also known as Messier Object 57 and NGC 6720. It is one of the best examples of a planetary nebula and a favorite target of...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Earth, What -- Constellation, What -- Lyra, What --...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2005-07v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Spitzer ejects its dust cover.
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=cover_ejection
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This animation shows the evolution of a planet-forming disk around a star. Initially, the young disk is bright and thick with dust, providing raw materials for building planets. In the first 10 million years or so, gaps appear within the disk as newborn planets coalesce out of the dust, clearing out a path. In time, this planetary "debris disk" thins out as gravitational interactions with numerous planets slowly sweep away the dust. Steady pressure from the starlight and solar winds...
Topics: What -- COMETS, What -- Visible Light, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Spitzer Space...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-22v2
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech and A. Quillen (University of Rochester)
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In this animation, the elliptical galaxy Centaurus A is seen through the eyes of three different telescopes. Initially, the movie zooms into a visible light picture showing how this galaxy is bisected by an unusual lane of dust, somewhat irregular in appearance. The view fades to reveal the false-colored, near-infrared view of this galaxy as seen by the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). In these longer wavelengths of light, much of the dust has become transparent, allowing us to see more of...
Topics: What -- Centaurus, What -- Visible Light
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-09v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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This artist's concept of Tempel 1 illustrates the comet's shape, reflectivity, rotation rate and surface temperature, based on information from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope. Measurements from the Great Observatories indicate that the comet is a matte black object roughly 14 by 4 kilometers (8.7 by 2.5 miles), or about one-half the size of Manhattan. It rotates about once every 41 hours. The sunlit side of the nucleus is glowing warmly, and the nightside is about the...
Topics: What -- COMETS, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Sun
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2005-13v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
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Starting with a wide view of the environment surrounding the Henize 206 star formation region, the animation moves in to the heart of the nebula. The view slides from visible light wavelengths to Infrared Array Camera wavelengths, spanning 3 to 8 microns. The colors of the image, which are false for infrared wavelengths, shift to include the Multiband Imaging Photometer image, now covering 3 to 24 microns. Finally, the 24 micron image is presented alone to better show the warm dust throughout...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-04v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. A. Gutermuth (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
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Located 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, a reflection nebula called NGC 1333 epitomizes the beautiful chaos of a dense group of stars being born. Most of the visible light from the young stars in this region is obscured by the dense, dusty cloud in which they formed. With NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists can detect the infrared light from these objects. This allows a look through the dust to gain a more detailed understanding of how stars like our sun begin...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Constellation, What -- Perseus, What -- Visible Light, What -- Spitzer Space...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2005-24a
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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This artist's animation depicts a faraway solar system like our own -- except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems might be common in the universe. The movie begins by showing two snug, sun-like stars. It then pans out to show an Earth-like planet and a surrounding disk of asteroids and comets. Spitzer did not see any planets directly, but it detected dust that is kicked up from...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- COMETS
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-05v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This animation shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The visible-light image highlights the galaxy's population of about one trillion stars. The stars are so crammed into its core that this region blazes with bright starlight. In contrast, the false-colored Spitzer view reveals red waves of dust against a more tranquil sea of blue stars. The dust lanes can be seen...
Topics: What -- Andromeda, What -- Visible Light, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), What -- Spitzer...
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2006-14v1
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by NASA
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An artist's impression shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in front of a brilliant, infrared view of the Milky Way galaxy. The mission marks the last of NASA's Great Observatories, a program that includes the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory. In addition to studying many of the coldest, oldest and most dust-enshrouded objects and processes in the universe, the mission will also be an important part of NASA's Origins Program, which...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Planets, What -- Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory, What -- Hubble Space...
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by NASA, ESA and A. Schaller (for STScI)
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This is an illustration of one of the most massive star clusters within our Milky Way Galaxy. The cluster is ablaze with the glow of 14 rare red supergiant stars. Interspersed among the supergiants are young blue stars. The cluster contains an estimated 20,000 stars and is 20 times more massive than typical clusters in our galaxy. The cluster is located in the direction of the Galaxy's center. Its visible light is obscured by interstellar dust, but infrared telescopes easily detect the...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Sun, Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2006-03b
NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal hundreds of newly forming stars in the nebula RCW49, located 13,700 light-years from Earth. Operating at wavelengths of light longer than those seen by the human eye, Spitzer can clearly see these young stars, or "protostars," which are hidden from visible views in shrouds of dust. This animation shows what a human eye might see if it could be re-tuned to see different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. It shows RCW49 in...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Earth, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2004-08v1
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Spitzer is portrayed here first in visible light, then against the same background in the infrared.
Topic: What -- Visible Light
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle & R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's animation depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets.
Topics: What -- COMETS, What -- Genesis
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant called HD 189733b, is located 60 light-years from Earth in the constellation Vulpecula. It is so far away that even the best telescopes can't distinguish the light of the planet from that of its star. So how did astronomers see this planet's cloudy surface? They used Spitzer's infrared vision to observe the HD 189733...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Earth, What -- Constellation, What -- Vulpecula, What --...
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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This artist's animation illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot Jupiter" called HD 149026b, is a sweltering 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit (2,040 degrees Celsius) -- about three times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system. The planet is so hot that astronomers believe it is absorbing almost all of the heat from its star, and reflecting very little to no light. Objects that reflect no sunlight are...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- Venus, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Visible Light, What --...
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech
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An observation cycle is illustrated in this animation, with Spitzer obtaining data, transmitting that data to Earth, then receiving new instructions and continuing its observations.
Topic: What -- Earth
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's animation shows a close-up view of a distant giant planet passing behind its star as a regular part of its orbit. By studying "secondary eclipses" like this in infrared light, astronomers can capture and study the direct light of known extrasolar planets. Though they cannot actually distinguish the planet from its star, they can detect changes in the system's total light. Why a secondary eclipse? When a planet transits, or passes in front of, its star, it partially...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Jupiter, What -- Sun, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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This artist's animation shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disk of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted such a disc around a surprisingly low-mass brown dwarf, or "failed star." The brown dwarf, called OTS 44, is only 15 times the size of Jupiter, making it the smallest brown dwarf known to host a planet-forming, or protoplanetary disk. Astronomers believe that this unusual system will eventually spawn planets. If so, they speculate that OTS 44's disk...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- OTS, What -- Jupiter, What -- Earth
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. was a true Renaissance man, a perfectionist who excelled at anything he tried. This 5-minute video testifies to his life and influence.
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's concept illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system (alien system above, ours below). NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence for such a belt around the nearby star called HD 69830, when its infrared eyes spotted dust, presumably from asteroids banging together. The telescope did not find any evidence for a planet in the system, but astronomers...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Dawn, What -- Sun, Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/C. Beichman (Caltech)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured these infrared images of six older stars with known planets. The yellow, fuzzy blobs are stars circled by disks of dust, or "debris disks," like the one that surrounds our own Sun. Though astronomers had predicted that stars with planets would harbor debris disks, they could not detect such disks until now. Spitzer was able to sense these dusty disks via their warm infrared glows. Specifically, the presence of the disks was inferred...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Sun, What -- Earth
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
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This animation shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to the rest of the Solar System. Starting at the inner Solar System, which includes the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars (all in yellow), the view pulls away through the asteroid belt and the orbits of the outer planets beyond (green). Pluto and the distant Kuiper Belt objects are seen next until finally Sedna comes into view. As the field widens the full orbit of Sedna...
Topics: What -- Sedna, What -- Mercury, What -- Venus, What -- Earth, What -- Mars, What -- Pluto, What --...
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Allen (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
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This majestic false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the "mountains" where stars are born. Dubbed "Mountains of Creation" by Spitzer scientists, these towering pillars of cool gas and dust are illuminated at their tips with light from warm, embryonic stars. The new infrared picture is reminiscent of Hubble's iconic visible-light image of the Eagle Nebula (inset), which also features a star-forming region, or nebula, that is being sculpted into pillars by...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), What -- Visible Light, What...
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech
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This infrared image was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and shows a part of the galaxy cluster Abell 2667. The "Comet Galaxy" is the bright red object seen to the left of the cluster center. Also seen in the image is a rare giant infrared arc. The banana-shaped arc corresponds to the magnified and distorted image of a distant galaxy that lies behind the cluster?s core.
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, Where -- Comet Galaxy
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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Like a celestial arrow spanning roughly one-third of the northern sky, this artist's concept of a newly discovered stream of ancient stars passes just over the head of the constellation Leo (on the right), before plunging through the heart of the Great Bear, or Big Dipper constellation (to the left).
Topics: What -- Constellation, What -- Leo
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's concept shows what the very early universe might have looked like, just after its first stars began bursting onto the scene. Scientists theorize that the universe arose around 13.7 billion years ago in an explosion known as the Big Bang. Almost instantaneously afterward, matter began clumping together due to quantum fluctuations. Gravity kicked in next, causing those clumps to grow into larger clouds of invisible hydrogen gas (colored blue here). Eventually, around 200 to 400...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Keller (SSC)
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This animation starts with an image of a larger but lower resolution image of the Carina Nebula from the Midcourse Space Experiment, which did an infrared survey of the sky while in operation from 1996-97. The image shows the dying star Eta Carinae as the bright spot near the center of the image. As the movie rotates and zooms in, the area that Spitzer studied in detail comes into focus. The "pillars" in the Spitzer image are being sculpted by ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds...
Topics: What -- Carina, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), What -- Sun
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
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This artist's animation illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence for such a belt around the nearby star called HD 69830, when its infrared eyes spotted dust, presumably from asteroids banging together. The telescope did not find any evidence for a planet in the system, but astronomers speculate one or more may be...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Sun, What -- Dawn, Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Source: http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2005-10v2
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Holmes (NRC/JPL)
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A 12-second animation shows how ansae are created, by taking a model dust ring and tilting it from a face-on orientation to edge-on.
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/L.Rebull (SSC/ Caltech)
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Eight hundred light-years away in the Orion constellation, a gigantic murky cloud called the "Witch Head" nebula is brewing baby stars. The stellar infants are revealed as pink dots in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Wisps of green in the cloud are carbon-rich molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are found on barbecue grills and in automobile exhaust on Earth. This image was obtained as part of the Spitzer Space Telescope Research Program for...
Topics: What -- Orion, What -- Constellation, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Earth, Where --...
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Artist Rendition of Spitzer in its Heliocentric Orbit
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/G. Melnick (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
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In the quest to better understand the birth of stars and the formation of new worlds, astronomers have used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to examine the massive stars contained in a cloudy region called Sharpless 140. This cloud is a fascinating microcosm of a star-forming region since it exhibits, within a relatively small area, all of the classic manifestations of stellar birth. Sharpless 140 lies almost 3000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cepheus. At its heart is a cluster of...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Earth, What -- Constellation, What -- Cepheus, What --...
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/N. Flagey (IAS/SSC) & A. Noriega-Crespo (SSC/Caltech)
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This majestic view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells an untold story of life and death in the Eagle nebula, an industrious star-making factory located 7,000 light-years away in the Serpens constellation. The image shows the region's entire network of turbulent clouds and newborn stars in infrared light. The color green denotes cooler towers and fields of dust, including the three famous space pillars, dubbed the "Pillars of Creation," which were photographed by NASA's...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Serpens, What -- Constellation, What -- Infrared Array...
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Rudnick (Univ. of Minn.)
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the scattered remains of an exploded star named Cassiopeia A. Spitzer's infrared detectors "picked" through these remains and found that much of the star's original layering had been preserved. In this false-color image, the faint, blue glow surrounding the dead star is material that was energized by a shock wave, called the forward shock, which was created when the star blew up. The forward shock is now located at the outer edge of...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Cassiopeia, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/O. Krause (Steward Observatory)
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These Spitzer Space Telescope images, taken one year apart, show the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (yellow ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (reddish orange). The pictures illustrate that a blast of light from Cassiopeia A is waltzing outward through the dusty skies. This dance, called an "infrared echo," began when the remnant erupted about 50 years ago. Cassiopeia A is the remnant of a once massive star that died in a violent supernova explosion 325 years ago. It consists of a...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Cassiopeia, What -- Constellation, What -- Earth
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Spitzer is portrayed here first in visible light, then against the same background in the infrared.
Topic: What -- Visible Light
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Cieza (Univ. of Texas at Austin)
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Baby stars are forming near the eastern rim of the cosmic cloud Perseus, in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The baby stars are approximately three million years old and are shown as reddish-pink dots to the right of the image. The pinkish color indicates that these infant stars are still shrouded by the cosmic dust and gas that collapsed to form them. These stars are part of the IC348 star cluster, which consists of over 300 known member stars. The Perseus Nebula can be...
Topics: What -- Perseus, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Constellation
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/A. Marston (ESTEC/ESA)
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Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is a stellar nursery called DR21, which is giving birth to some of the most massive stars in our galaxy. Visible light images reveal no trace of this interstellar cauldron because of heavy dust obscuration. In fact, visible light is attenuated in DR21 by a factor of more than 10,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (ten thousand trillion heptillion). New images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope allow us to peek behind...
Topics: What -- Constellation, What -- Cygnus, What -- Visible Light, What -- TRACE, What -- Spitzer Space...
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NASA Images
by X-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/S.Kulkarni et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI/UIUC/Y.H.Chu & R.Williams et al.; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R.Gehrz et al.
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This is a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The Chandra X-ray image (blue) shows million-degree gas in the center. Much cooler gas at the outer parts of the remnant is seen in the infrared image from Spitzer (red). While astronomers expected that dust particles were generating most of the infrared emission, the study of this object indicates that much of the infrared is instead generated in heated gas. The unique filamentary...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, Where -- Large Magellanic Cloud
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NASA Images
by NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. L. Giroux (East Tennessee State University)
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High resolution images from NASA's Spitzer infrared telescope and GALEX ultraviolet telescope show the difference in the distribution of young and old stars in the Arp 65 pair of interacting galaxies. In the short-wavelength infrared at 3.6 microns (first image), cool old stars are bright, so the beautiful grand design spiral patterns in the old stellar disks are visible. In contrast, at longer infrared wavelengths, at 8 microns, bright clumps of young stars are detected (second image). The...
Topics: What -- GALEX, Where -- Minnesota
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/W. Reach (Caltech)
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These images of the Jupiter-family comets Johnson (top) and Shoemaker-Levy 3 (bottom) were both taken with Spitzer's multiband imaging photometer (MIPS) at a wavelength of 24 microns. The fan-shaped region that stretches upward from Johnson's nucleus (yellow ball in the middle) represents the dust "tail" of the comet. Dust tails are created when small particles from a comet are swept backward by the Sun's radiation pressure. The image of Shoemaker-Levy 3 (bottom) does not show a dust...
Topics: What -- Jupiter, What -- COMETS, What -- MIPS, What -- TRACE, What -- Visible Light
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt (University of Arizona) and the SINGS Team
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On August 25, 2003, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope blasted into the same dark skies it now better understands. In just two years, the observatory's infrared eyes have uncovered a hidden universe teeming with warm stellar embryos, chaotic planet-forming disks, and majestic galaxies, including the delightfully odd galaxy called NGC 4725 shown here. This peculiar galaxy is thought to have only one spiral arm. Most spiral galaxies have two or more arms. Astronomers refer to NGC 4725 as a ringed...
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), What -- Constellation, What...
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/N. Smith (UC Berkeley)
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A Luminous Blue Variable star (inset) in our galaxy, named HD168625, surrounded by a bipolar nebula that is similar to the one around SN1987A. SN1987A was a supernova that exploded in 1987 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and was the nearest supernova in about 400 years. The diagram explains the bipolar nebula around HD168625, which has a geometry that makes it a near twin of the famous nebula around SN1987A. Rings near the equator are sometimes seen around stars that shed mass from their...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), What --...
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by NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Hancock (E. Tenn. State Univ.)
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A pair of interacting galaxies might be experiencing the galactic equivalent of a mid-life crisis. For some reason, the pair, called Arp 82, didn't make their stars early on as is typical of most galaxies. Instead, they got a second wind later in life -- about 2 billion years ago -- and started pumping out waves of new stars as if they were young again. Arp 82 is an interacting pair of galaxies with a strong bridge and a long tail. NGC 2535 is the big galaxy and NGC 2536 is its smaller...
Topics: What -- Galaxy Evolution Explorer, What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), What -- Explorer
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