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This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The gravity of this galaxy cluster is strong enough that it acts as a lens to magnify images of more distant background galaxies.
This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The gravity of this galaxy cluster is strong enough that it acts as a lens to magnify images of more distant background galaxies.

'Pandora's Cluster' Seen by Spitzer

This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The gravity of this galaxy cluster is strong enough that it acts as a lens to magnify images of more distant background galaxies.

Target: Abell 2744
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20920
Added: 2016-09-28

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'Pandora's Cluster' Seen by Spitzer

This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The gravity of this galaxy cluster is strong enough that it acts as a lens to magnify images of more distant background galaxies.

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This illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare. Astronomers gained new insights into tidal disruption flares thanks to data from NASA's WISE.
This illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare. Astronomers gained new insights into tidal disruption flares thanks to data from NASA's WISE.

Infrared Echoes of a Black Hole Eating a Star (Illustration)

This illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare. Astronomers gained new insights into tidal disruption flares thanks to data from NASA's WISE.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA20027
Added: 2016-09-15

Views: 2913

Infrared Echoes of a Black Hole Eating a Star (Illustration)

This illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare. Astronomers gained new insights into tidal disruption flares thanks to data from NASA's WISE.

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These nebulae seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, display two regions of star formation that are hidden behind a haze of dust when viewed in visible light, known officially y their catalog numbers, IRAS 19340+2016 and IRAS19343+2026.
These nebulae seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, display two regions of star formation that are hidden behind a haze of dust when viewed in visible light, known officially y their catalog numbers, IRAS 19340+2016 and IRAS19343+2026.

Enterprising Nebulae

These nebulae seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, display two regions of star formation that are hidden behind a haze of dust when viewed in visible light, known officially y their catalog numbers, IRAS 19340+2016 and IRAS19343+2026.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20917
Added: 2016-09-08

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Enterprising Nebulae

These nebulae seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, display two regions of star formation that are hidden behind a haze of dust when viewed in visible light, known officially y their catalog numbers, IRAS 19340+2016 and IRAS19343+2026.

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An age-defying star called IRAS 19312+1950 stands out as extremely bright inside a large, chemically rich cloud of material, as shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
An age-defying star called IRAS 19312+1950 stands out as extremely bright inside a large, chemically rich cloud of material, as shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Age-Defying Star

An age-defying star called IRAS 19312+1950 stands out as extremely bright inside a large, chemically rich cloud of material, as shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20914
Added: 2016-08-29

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Age-Defying Star

An age-defying star called IRAS 19312+1950 stands out as extremely bright inside a large, chemically rich cloud of material, as shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Black-hole-powered galaxies called blazars are the most common sources detected by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope as shown in this artist's concept.
Black-hole-powered galaxies called blazars are the most common sources detected by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope as shown in this artist's concept.

Blazar Artist Concept

Black-hole-powered galaxies called blazars are the most common sources detected by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope as shown in this artist's concept.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20912
Added: 2016-08-24

Views: 646

Blazar Artist Concept

Black-hole-powered galaxies called blazars are the most common sources detected by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope as shown in this artist's concept.

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The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays, as detected by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Array, or NuSTAR.
The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays, as detected by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Array, or NuSTAR.

A Black Hole 'Choir'

The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays, as detected by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Array, or NuSTAR.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
ID#: PIA20865
Added: 2016-07-28

Views: 1588

A Black Hole 'Choir'

The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays, as detected by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Array, or NuSTAR.

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This artist's concept shows an unusual celestial object called CX330 was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009. It has been launching 'jets' of material into the gas and dust around it.
This artist's concept shows an unusual celestial object called CX330 was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009. It has been launching 'jets' of material into the gas and dust around it.

The Loneliest Young Star (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows an unusual celestial object called CX330 was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009. It has been launching 'jets' of material into the gas and dust around it.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA20700
Added: 2016-07-27

Views: 1506

The Loneliest Young Star (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows an unusual celestial object called CX330 was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009. It has been launching 'jets' of material into the gas and dust around it.

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Researchers used data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission to highlight the X-shaped structure in the bulge of the Milky Way.
Researchers used data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission to highlight the X-shaped structure in the bulge of the Milky Way.

X-Shaped Bulge in the Milky Way

Researchers used data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission to highlight the X-shaped structure in the bulge of the Milky Way.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA20699
Added: 2016-07-19

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X-Shaped Bulge in the Milky Way

Researchers used data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission to highlight the X-shaped structure in the bulge of the Milky Way.

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This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.
This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.

Black Hole with 'Wobbling' Disk (Artist Concept)

This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA20697
Added: 2016-07-12

Views: 1130

Black Hole with 'Wobbling' Disk (Artist Concept)

This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.

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NASA's GALEX reveals the true nature of UGC 1382, dubbed the 'Frankenstein galaxy.' Scientists have discovered that UGC 1382 is a giant, and one of the largest isolated galaxies known.
NASA's GALEX reveals the true nature of UGC 1382, dubbed the 'Frankenstein galaxy.' Scientists have discovered that UGC 1382 is a giant, and one of the largest isolated galaxies known.

Frankenstein Galaxy

NASA's GALEX reveals the true nature of UGC 1382, dubbed the 'Frankenstein galaxy.' Scientists have discovered that UGC 1382 is a giant, and one of the largest isolated galaxies known.

Mission: Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Instrument: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), Very Large Array (VLA)
ID#: PIA20695
Added: 2016-07-11

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Frankenstein Galaxy

NASA's GALEX reveals the true nature of UGC 1382, dubbed the 'Frankenstein galaxy.' Scientists have discovered that UGC 1382 is a giant, and one of the largest isolated galaxies known.

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When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist's animation)

When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20692
Added: 2016-06-20

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Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist's animation)

When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

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This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Comparing K2-33 to our Solar System

This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20691
Added: 2016-06-20

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Comparing K2-33 to our Solar System

This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

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K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Exoplanet Orbits Youthful Star (Artist's Concept)

K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20690
Added: 2016-06-20

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Exoplanet Orbits Youthful Star (Artist's Concept)

K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, illustrates how the brightness of outbursting
star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936.
This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, illustrates how the brightness of outbursting
star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936.

Dimming of FU Orionis (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, illustrates how the brightness of outbursting
star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20689
Added: 2016-06-14

Views: 2810

Dimming of FU Orionis (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, illustrates how the brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936.

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Studies based on observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that hot Jupiters, exoplanets around the same size as Jupiter that orbit very closely to their stars, often have cloud or haze layers in their atmospheres.
Studies based on observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that hot Jupiters, exoplanets around the same size as Jupiter that orbit very closely to their stars, often have cloud or haze layers in their atmospheres.

Hot Jupiter with Hidden Water (Artist Concept)

Studies based on observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that hot Jupiters, exoplanets around the same size as Jupiter that orbit very closely to their stars, often have cloud or haze layers in their atmospheres.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20687
Added: 2016-06-08

Views: 1087

Hot Jupiter with Hidden Water (Artist Concept)

Studies based on observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that hot Jupiters, exoplanets around the same size as Jupiter that orbit very closely to their stars, often have cloud or haze layers in their atmospheres.

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New stars are the lifeblood of our galaxy, and there is enough material revealed by ESA's Herschel of the constellation Vulpecula (little fox) OB1. The giant stars at the heart of Vulpecula OB1 are some of the biggest in the galaxy.
New stars are the lifeblood of our galaxy, and there is enough material revealed by ESA's Herschel of the constellation Vulpecula (little fox) OB1. The giant stars at the heart of Vulpecula OB1 are some of the biggest in the galaxy.

The Little Fox and the Giant Stars

New stars are the lifeblood of our galaxy, and there is enough material revealed by ESA's Herschel of the constellation Vulpecula (little fox) OB1. The giant stars at the heart of Vulpecula OB1 are some of the biggest in the galaxy.

Mission: Herschel Space Observatory
Instrument: Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer, Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver
ID#: PIA13500
Added: 2016-05-27

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The Little Fox and the Giant Stars

New stars are the lifeblood of our galaxy, and there is enough material revealed by ESA's Herschel of the constellation Vulpecula (little fox) OB1. The giant stars at the heart of Vulpecula OB1 are some of the biggest in the galaxy.

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This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk.
This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk.

Protoplanetary Disk (Artist's Concept)

This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20645
Added: 2016-04-26

Views: 2560

Protoplanetary Disk (Artist's Concept)

This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk.

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A young, free-floating world sits alone in space in this illustration. The object, called WISEA J114724.10-204021.3, is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass brown dwarf.
A young, free-floating world sits alone in space in this illustration. The object, called WISEA J114724.10-204021.3, is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass brown dwarf.

Young Brown Dwarf in TW Hydrae Family of Stars (Artist Concept)

A young, free-floating world sits alone in space in this illustration. The object, called WISEA J114724.10-204021.3, is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass brown dwarf.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA20583
Added: 2016-04-19

Views: 1682

Young Brown Dwarf in TW Hydrae Family of Stars (Artist Concept)

A young, free-floating world sits alone in space in this illustration. The object, called WISEA J114724.10-204021.3, is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass brown dwarf.

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A sky map taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows the location of the TW Hydrae family, or association, of stars, which lies about 175 light-years from Earth and is centered in the Hydra constellation.
A sky map taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows the location of the TW Hydrae family, or association, of stars, which lies about 175 light-years from Earth and is centered in the Hydra constellation.

TW Hydrae Family of Stars

A sky map taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows the location of the TW Hydrae family, or association, of stars, which lies about 175 light-years from Earth and is centered in the Hydra constellation.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA20582
Added: 2016-04-19

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TW Hydrae Family of Stars

A sky map taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows the location of the TW Hydrae family, or association, of stars, which lies about 175 light-years from Earth and is centered in the Hydra constellation.

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The spider part of 'The Spider and the Fly' nebulae, IC 417 abounds in star formation, as seen in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS).
The spider part of 'The Spider and the Fly' nebulae, IC 417 abounds in star formation, as seen in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS).

The Spider Nebula

The spider part of 'The Spider and the Fly' nebulae, IC 417 abounds in star formation, as seen in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS).

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
ID#: PIA20357
Added: 2016-04-14

Views: 3857

The Spider Nebula

The spider part of 'The Spider and the Fly' nebulae, IC 417 abounds in star formation, as seen in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS).

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In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Map of Exoplanet Search Areas

In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20070
Added: 2016-04-07

Views: 1363

Map of Exoplanet Search Areas

In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

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This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two times as wide as Earth. New data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the planet has extreme temperature swings.
This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two times as wide as Earth. New data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the planet has extreme temperature swings.

Hot-Lava World Illustration

This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two times as wide as Earth. New data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the planet has extreme temperature swings.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20068
Added: 2016-03-30

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Hot-Lava World Illustration

This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two times as wide as Earth. New data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the planet has extreme temperature swings.

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The turbulent atmosphere of a hot, gaseous planet known as HD 80606b is shown in this simulation based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The turbulent atmosphere of a hot, gaseous planet known as HD 80606b is shown in this simulation based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Simulated Atmosphere of a Hot Gas Giant

The turbulent atmosphere of a hot, gaseous planet known as HD 80606b is shown in this simulation based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20066
Added: 2016-03-28

Views: 1027

Simulated Atmosphere of a Hot Gas Giant

The turbulent atmosphere of a hot, gaseous planet known as HD 80606b is shown in this simulation based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.
The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.

Caught: A Supernova Shock Breakout (Artist Concept)

The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20065
Added: 2016-03-21

Views: 2460

Caught: A Supernova Shock Breakout (Artist Concept)

The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.

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In archived NASA data, researchers have discovered 'super spiral' galaxies that dwarf our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, and compete in size and brightness with the largest galaxies in the universe.
In archived NASA data, researchers have discovered 'super spiral' galaxies that dwarf our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, and compete in size and brightness with the largest galaxies in the universe.

Gargantuan 'Super Spiral' Galaxies Loom Large in the Cosmos

In archived NASA data, researchers have discovered 'super spiral' galaxies that dwarf our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, and compete in size and brightness with the largest galaxies in the universe.

ID#: PIA20064
Added: 2016-03-17

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Gargantuan 'Super Spiral' Galaxies Loom Large in the Cosmos

In archived NASA data, researchers have discovered 'super spiral' galaxies that dwarf our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, and compete in size and brightness with the largest galaxies in the universe.

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