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  • Stephan’s Quintet galaxy cluster

    Stephan’s Quintet

    This false-color composite image of the Stephan’s Quintet galaxy cluster clearly shows one of the largest shock waves ever seen (green arc). The wave was produced by one galaxy falling toward another ...

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  • Milky Way Galaxy

    Aglow With Dust

    Our Milky Way is a dusty place. So dusty, in fact, that we cannot see the center of the galaxy in visible light. But when NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on the galactic center, i...

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  • Cartwheel galaxy

    Stellar Ripple

    Approximately 100 million years ago, a smaller galaxy plunged through the heart of the Cartwheel galaxy, creating ripples of brief star formation. In this image, the first ripple appears as an ultravi...

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  • The Helix Nebula

    New Spin on the Helix Nebula

    Named for its resemblance to a coiling spiral seen face on, the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) is a challenging stargazing target that has a more complex three-dimensional structure than expected. Now, the n...

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  • Infrared image of the

    Mountains of Creation

    The image composite compares an infrared image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to a visible-light picture of the same region (inset). While the infrared view, dubbed "Mountains of Creation," r...

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  • Christmas Tree Cluster

    Stellar Snowflake Cluster

    Newborn stars, hidden behind thick dust, are revealed in this image of a section of the Christmas Tree Cluster from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The newly revealed infant stars appear as pink and r...

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  • Reflection nebula NGC 1333 in the constellation Perseus

    Chaotic Beauty

    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 fr...

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  • Embryonic stars

    Splendid Spitzer

    The striking picture, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, reveals an eclectic mix of embryonic stars living in the tattered neighborhood of one of the most famous massive stars in our Milky Way g...

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  • Halloween image from Spitzer Space Telescope

    Spitzer Spies 'Galactic Ghoul'

    A "monster" lurking behind a blanket of cosmic dust is unveiled in this new Halloween image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Resembling a ghoul with two hollow eyes and a screaming mouth, this mas...

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  • Bubble of gas and dust in the constellation Centaurus

    Bursting At The Seams

    This bubble of ionized gas and warm dust, called RCW 79, lies in the southern Milky Way, 17,200 light years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus, and probably took about one million years to form...

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  • Spitzer Uncovers Star Hatchery

    Spitzer Uncovers Star Hatchery

    A new striking image from the infrared telescope shows a vibrant cloud called the Trifid Nebula dotted with glowing stellar "incubators." Tucked deep inside these incubators are rapidly growing embryo...

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  • Spitzer image of Whirlpool Galaxy

    Spitzer's Legacy

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured infrared images of the "Whirlpool Galaxy" (M51), revealing strange structures bridging the gaps between the dust-rich spiral arms, and tracing the dust, gas...

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  • Kepler Supernova Remnant

    Supernova Remnant Turns 400

    Four hundred years ago, sky watchers, including the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler, were startled by the sudden appearance of a "new star" in the western sky, rivaling the brilliance of the nearby ...

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  • Spitzer image of planetary nebula

    Ring of Stellar Death

    This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dying star (center) surrounded by a cloud of glowing gas and dust. Thanks to Spitzer's dust-piercing infrared eyes, the new image als...

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  • Stellar nursery

    Dusty Stellar Nursery Revealed

    How can something as big as a star go undetected? The answer is dust. The stellar nursery DR21 is shrouded in so much space dust that no visible light escapes it. By seeing in the infrared, NASA's Spi...

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  • The star-forming nebula Henize 206

    Life and Death in the Cosmos

    The Spitzer Space telescope captured this stunning image of the star-forming nebula called Henize 206, which sits just outside our own Milky Way galaxy, in a satellite galaxy 163,000 light-years away ...

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  • Images from Spitzer Space Telescope

    Dazzling Images From Newly Named Space Telescope

    NASA's newly named Spitzer Space Telescope has captured dazzling images of a dusty, spiral galaxy; a planet-forming disc; a glowing, stellar nursery and a young, buried star, demonstrating the power o...

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  • SIRTF and the Milky Way, an Artist's concept

    PIA04267: SIRTF and the Milky Way, an Artist's Concept

    The Space Infrared Telescope Facility whizzes in front of a brilliant, infrared view of the Milky Way galaxy's plane in this artistic depiction. The mission marks the last of NASA's Great Observatorie...

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