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  • An infrared photo of the Small Magellanic Cloud taken by Spitzer is shown here in this artist's illustration, with two callouts

    Extragalactic Space Balls

    For the first time, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected little spheres of carbon, called buckyballs, in a galaxy beyond our Milky Way galaxy. The space balls were detected in a dying star, cal...

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  • Artist concept of a distant planet

    Planetary Hot Spot Not Under the Glare of Star

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is not under the glare of its host star as might be expected. Instead, the planet's hot ...

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  • Graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

    How to Find a Planetary Hot Spot

    This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows how astronomers located a hot spot on a distant gas planet named upsilon Andromedae b -- and learned that it was in the wrong place.
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  • Artist's concept of a giant supernova

    Smothered in Its Own Dust

    While searching the skies for black holes using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a giant supernova that was smothered in its own dust. In this artist's rendering, an outer shell ...

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  • A series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust

    Dark Star-Forming Core Shines With Scattered Light

    This series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust, called a core, where new stars and planets will likely spring up. This particular core lies deep within a l...

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  • A series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust

    An Unexpected Scattering of Light

    This series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust, called a core, where new stars and planets will likely spring up.

    The image on the far right s...

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  • Near-Earth asteroid Eros

    Spitzer Surveys Dozens of Near-Earth Asteroids

    This image, taken by NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission in 2000, shows a close-up view of Eros, an asteroid with an orbit that takes it somewhat close to Earth. NASA's Spitzer Space Telesco...

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  • Before the Smashup

    Before the Smashup

    This artist's concept illustrates an imminent planetary collision around a pair of double stars. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such collisions could be common around a certain typ...

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  • Circle of Planetary Ashes

    Circle of Planetary Ashes

    This artist's concept illustrates a tight pair of stars and a surrounding disk of dust -- most likely the shattered remains of planetary smashups. Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the scientists ...

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  • Spectral Signatures of Planetary Doom

    Spectral Signatures of Planetary Doom

    This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a dusty planetary smashup probably occurred around a pair of tight twin, or binary, stars. The stars are similar to the sun...

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  • Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Producing Stars

    Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Producing Stars (non-annotated)

    Astronomers have found that stars are forming more rapidly in the center of a distant galaxy cluster than at its edges, which is completely reversed from galaxy clusters seen in the local universe. Th...

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  • New 'GLIMPSE360' survey image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

    Bright Lights, Green City

    Two extremely bright stars illuminate a greenish mist in this and other images from the new "GLIMPSE360" survey from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This fog is comprised of hydrogen and carbon compou...

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  • Awash in Green and Red

    Awash in Green and Red

    This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a wispy, vast structure in the constellation Perseus with a small bubble right in its center puffed out by the spasms of fresh-formed, heavyweight ...

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  • An outflow of gas from a new star

    A Shocking Outflow

    This image shows an outflow of gas from a new star as it jets from a space object dubbed IRAS 21078+5211. The reddish blob in its center, as picked up by the 4.5-micron infrared band on NASA's Spitzer...

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  • A star-forming region called BG2107+49 shines from the considerable distance of more than 30,000 light-years away in the upper left of this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

    Beastly Stars and a Bubble

    A star-forming region called BG2107+49 shines from the considerable distance of more than 30,000 light-years away in the upper left of this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. With Spitzer's re...

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  • These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the signatures of buckyballs in space.

    Jiggling Soccer-Ball Molecules in Space

    These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the signatures of buckyballs in space. Buckyballs, also called C60 or buckministerfullerenes, after architect Buckminister Fuller's geode...

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  • Space Balls

    Space Balls

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has at last found buckyballs in space, as illustrated by this artist's conception showing the carbon balls coming out from the type of object where they were discovered ...

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  • young star IRAS 13481-6124

    Massive Young Star and Its Cradle

    This star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is dominated by the bright, young star IRAS 13481-6124 (upper left), which is about twenty times the mass of our sun and five time...

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  • artist's concept of a massive baby star

    Disk Around a Massive Baby Star (Artist's Concept)

    Astronomers have obtained the first clear look at a dusty disk closely encircling a massive baby star, providing direct evidence that massive stars do form in the same way as their smaller brethren --...

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  • The Evolution of Star Formation around the M17 Nebula

    The Evolution of Star Formation around the M17 Nebula

    A dragon-shaped cloud of dust seems to fly out from a bright explosion in this infrared light image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

    These views have revealed that this dark cloud, ca...

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