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  • This stellar nursery is made up of a shell of ionized gas surrounding a void with an extremely hot, bright star in the middle.

    A Celestial Shamrock

    Many consider the shamrock to be a symbol of rebirth and life, making it a fitting symbol for St. Patrick’s Day, which happens to occur around the same time as the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemis...

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  • Alpha Camelopardalis

    Speed Demon Creates a Shock

    NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this image of the star Alpha Camelopardalis, or Alpha Cam, in astronomer-speak, speeding through the sky like a motorcyclist zipping throu...

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  • Pointing a Finger at Star Formation

    Pointing a Finger at Star Formation

    NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this image of a star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Monoceros. The nebula, commonly referred to as Sh2-284,...

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  • Beyond the Veil

    Beyond the Veil

    This large mosaic image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, features the wreckage of an exploded star, as well as other stars nearing the end of their lives. The wispy, colorful ...

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  • nebula BFS 29

    Supergiant Star Near Giraffe's Hind Foot

    NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this colorful image of the nebula BFS 29 surrounding the star CE-Camelopardalis, found hovering in the band of the night sky comprising th...

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  • WISE, took its last snapshot of the sky

    WISE's Last Light

    On the morning of February 1, 2011, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, took its last snapshot of the sky. This "last light" image is reminiscent of the "first light" image from WISE,...

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  • blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi

    Zeta Ophiuchi -- Runaway Star Plowing Through Space Dust

    The blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi. When seen in visible light it appears as a relatively dim red star surrounded by other dim stars and no dust. However, in this infrared im...

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  • Messier 82 and Messier 81

    WISE Beholds a Pair of Dancing Galaxies

    This image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, features two stunning galaxies engaged in an intergalactic dance. The galaxies, Messier 81 and Messier 82, swept by each other a fe...

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  • Mosaic of the Lagoon nebula

    WISE Catches the Lagoon Nebula in Center of Action

    This colorful picture is a mosaic of the Lagoon nebula taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Normally, you would expect a lagoon to be filled with water, but this nebula is com...

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  • M33 - Triangulum galaxy seen in finfrared

    WISE Spies a Galactic Neighbor

    This image captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows of one of our closest neighboring galaxies, Messier 33. Also named the Triangulum galaxy (after the constellation it's...

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  • Chasing Chickens in the Lambda Centauri Nebula

    Chasing Chickens in the Lambda Centauri Nebula

    This infrared image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows the Lambda Centauri nebula, a star-forming cloud in our Milky Way galaxy, also known as the Running Chicken nebula. ...

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  • Images taken by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer

    A Collage of Nearby Galaxies

    To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer, or WISE, the mission team has put together this image showing just a sample of the millions of galaxies that...

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  • Jellyfish nebula, IC 443

    An Explosion of Infrared Color

    This oddly colorful nebula is the supernova remnant IC 443 as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Also known as the Jellyfish nebula, IC 443 is particularly interesting becaus...

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  • Three nebulae that are part of the giant Orion Molecular Cloud

    A Flame in Orion's Belt

    This mosaic image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, features three nebulae that are part of the giant Orion Molecular Cloud. The image covers an area of the sky about three...

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  • View of a runaway star racing away from its original home

    WISE Catches a Runaway Star in Flames

    NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this view of a runaway star racing away from its original home. Seen here surrounded by a glowing cloud of gas and dust, the star AE Aurig...

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  • A population of young stellar objects in the southern constellation of Circinus

    Star Formation in the Circinus Molecular Cloud Complex

    The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has uncovered a striking population of young stellar objects in a complex of dense, dark clouds in the southern constellation of Circinus. This mosaic...

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  • The reflection nebula IRAS 12116-6001

    Dark Reflections in the Southern Cross

    NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this colorful image of the reflection nebula IRAS 12116-6001. This cloud of interstellar dust cannot be seen directly in visible light, bu...

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  • The Cocoon nebula

    Cosmic Cocoon

    The aptly named Cocoon nebula is featured in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. This cloud of dust and gas, cataloged as IC 5416 and located in the constellation Cygn...

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  • A hidden star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Cepheus

    The Dark Heart of the King

    NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this image of a hidden star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Cepheus. Cepheus, father of Andromeda, was a myt...

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  • constellation Scorpius sits in the reflection nebula DG 129

    In the Grip of the Scorpion's Claw

    Gripped in the claw of the constellation Scorpius sits the reflection nebula DG 129, a cloud of gas and dust that reflects light from nearby, bright stars. This infrared view of the nebula was capture...

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