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  • LBN 114.55+00.22 as seen by WISE

    A Nebula by Any Other Name

    Nebulae are enormous clouds of dust and gas occupying the space between the stars. Some have pretty names to match their good looks, for example the Rose nebula, while others have much more utilitaria...

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  • galaxy Messier 74

    A Spiral Galaxy is Visited by a Trojan War Hero

    It's a bird! It's a plane! Nope, it's an asteroid tracking its way across the sky with a beautiful spiral galaxy in the background. In the center of this new mosaic image captured by NASA's Wide-field...

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  • Rosette nebula

    The Unicorn's Rose

    A new image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WISE) shows the Rosette nebula located within the constellation Monoceros, or the Unicorn.

    This flower-shaped nebula, also known by...

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  • Omega Centauri

    Omega Centauri

    Omega Centauri NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured a favorite observing target of amateur astronomers -- Omega Centauri. Also known as NGC 5139, this celestial cluster of...

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  • WISE's view of NGC 292, the Small Magellanic Cloud

    WISE's View of a Wispy Cloud

    This image captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) highlights the Small Magellanic Cloud. Also known as NGC 292, the Small Magellanic Cloud is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-...

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  • Star cluster, AFGL 490

    WISE Reveals a Hidden Star Cluster

    The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has seen a cluster of newborn stars enclosed in a cocoon of dust and gas in the constellation Camelopardalis. The cluster, AFGL 490, is hidden from vi...

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  • Vela Molecular Cloud Ridge

    WISE Peers Into the Stellar Darkness

    New stars are forming inside this giant cloud of dust and gas as seen in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Sprawling across the constellation Vela is a complex of ...

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  • Pleiades cluster of stars seen in infrared

    Seven Sisters Get WISE

    This image shows the famous Pleiades cluster of stars as seen through the eyes of WISE, or NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The mosaic contains a few hundred image frames -- just a fraction...

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  • Objects in the constellation Cassiopeia

    Tycho's Supernova Remnant

    This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) takes in several interesting objects in the constellation Cassiopeia, none of which are easily seen in visible light.

    The r...

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  • Messier 83

    Southern Pinwheel

    This image from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows the nearby galaxy Messier 83, or M83 for short. This is a spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light-years away in the constel...

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  • A sphere of stellar innards, blown out from a humongous star

    Jumbo Jellyfish or Massive Star?

    A cloud of material shed by a massive star can be seen in red in this new image from WISE. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

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  • Comet 65/P Gunn

    WISE Catches Comet 65-P Gunn

    This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) features comet 65/P Gunn. Comets are balls of dust and ice left over from the formation of the solar system. As a comet approaches the...

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  • spiral galaxy NGC 6744

    NGC 6744 – A Sibling of the Milky Way

    This image of spiral galaxy NGC 6744 from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is a mosaic of frames covering an area three full moons tall and three full moons wide (1.56 by 1.56 degrees...

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  • Heart and Soul nebulae in this infrared mosaic

    Heart and Soul

    The Heart and Soul nebulae are seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

  • Seagull Nebula

    Seagull Nebula -- Running with the Big Dog

    The Seagull nebula, seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, draws its common name from it resemblance to a gull in flight.

  • Asteroid in Tadpole Nebula

    Asteroid Caught Marching Across Tadpole Nebula

    A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, showcases the Tadpole nebula, and asteroids that just happened to be cruising by.

  • Infrared image of the star Menkhib

    Menkhib and the California Nebula

    This infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, features one of the bright stars in the constellation Perseus, named Menkhib .

  • IC 342, or the 'hidden galaxy'

    Hiding Out Behind the Milky Way

    A leggy cosmic creature comes out of hiding in this new infrared view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

  • Infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

    WISE Captures a Cosmic Rose

    A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.

  • NGC3603 (w/inset)

    At the Heart of Stellar Chaos

    This infrared image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows a star-forming cloud teeming with gas, dust and massive newborn stars.