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The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, released on December 18, 2014.
The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, released on December 18, 2014.

Horsehead of a Different Color

The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, released on December 18, 2014.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA18905
Added: 2014-12-19

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Horsehead of a Different Color

The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, released on December 18, 2014.

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A new feature in the evolution of galaxies has been captured in this image of galactic interactions. The two galaxies seen here -- NGC 3226 at the top, NGC 3227 at the bottom.
A new feature in the evolution of galaxies has been captured in this image of galactic interactions. The two galaxies seen here -- NGC 3226 at the top, NGC 3227 at the bottom.

A Flood of Gas

A new feature in the evolution of galaxies has been captured in this image of galactic interactions. The two galaxies seen here -- NGC 3226 at the top, NGC 3227 at the bottom.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Canada France Hawaii Telescope, Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), Very Large Array Radio Telescope
ID#: PIA18902
Added: 2014-12-05

Views: 1179

A Flood of Gas

A new feature in the evolution of galaxies has been captured in this image of galactic interactions. The two galaxies seen here -- NGC 3226 at the top, NGC 3227 at the bottom.

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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.

Ring of Stellar Fire

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA18847
Added: 2014-10-22

Views: 3184

Ring of Stellar Fire

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.

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This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours.
This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours.

I Spy a Little Asteroid With My Infrared Eye

This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA18453
Added: 2014-06-26

Views: 1259

I Spy a Little Asteroid With My Infrared Eye

This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours.

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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows N103B -- all that remains from a supernova that exploded a millennium ago in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy 160,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way.
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows N103B -- all that remains from a supernova that exploded a millennium ago in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy 160,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way.

Dissecting Dust from Detonation of Dead Star

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows N103B -- all that remains from a supernova that exploded a millennium ago in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy 160,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA18009
Added: 2014-06-04

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Dissecting Dust from Detonation of Dead Star

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows N103B -- all that remains from a supernova that exploded a millennium ago in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy 160,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way.

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Studied by astronomers, Serpens Cloud Core is one of the youngest collections of stars ever seen in our galaxy. This infrared image combines data from NASA's Spitzer with shorter-wavelength observations from the Two Micron All Sky Survey.
Studied by astronomers, Serpens Cloud Core is one of the youngest collections of stars ever seen in our galaxy. This infrared image combines data from NASA's Spitzer with shorter-wavelength observations from the Two Micron All Sky Survey.

The 'Serpent' Star-Forming Cloud Spawns Stars

Studied by astronomers, Serpens Cloud Core is one of the youngest collections of stars ever seen in our galaxy. This infrared image combines data from NASA's Spitzer with shorter-wavelength observations from the Two Micron All Sky Survey.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
ID#: PIA18014
Added: 2014-05-28

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The 'Serpent' Star-Forming Cloud Spawns Stars

Studied by astronomers, Serpens Cloud Core is one of the youngest collections of stars ever seen in our galaxy. This infrared image combines data from NASA's Spitzer with shorter-wavelength observations from the Two Micron All Sky Survey.

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Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. A large cloud looms in the center of this image of the galactic plane from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. A large cloud looms in the center of this image of the galactic plane from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mapping the Densest Dusty Cloud Cores

Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. A large cloud looms in the center of this image of the galactic plane from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA18010
Added: 2014-05-21

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Mapping the Densest Dusty Cloud Cores

Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. A large cloud looms in the center of this image of the galactic plane from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.
This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.

GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17996
Added: 2014-03-20

Views: 14251

GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.

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The closest supernova of its kind to be observed in the last few decades, M82 or the 'Cigar galaxy,' has sparked a global observing campaign involving legions of instruments on the ground and in space, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The closest supernova of its kind to be observed in the last few decades, M82 or the 'Cigar galaxy,' has sparked a global observing campaign involving legions of instruments on the ground and in space, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Seeing Through a Veil of Dust

The closest supernova of its kind to be observed in the last few decades, M82 or the 'Cigar galaxy,' has sparked a global observing campaign involving legions of instruments on the ground and in space, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17847
Added: 2014-02-26

Views: 2710

Seeing Through a Veil of Dust

The closest supernova of its kind to be observed in the last few decades, M82 or the 'Cigar galaxy,' has sparked a global observing campaign involving legions of instruments on the ground and in space, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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The red arc in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a giant shock wave, created by a speeding star known as Kappa Cassiopeiae.
The red arc in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a giant shock wave, created by a speeding star known as Kappa Cassiopeiae.

Speedster Star Shocks the Galaxy

The red arc in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a giant shock wave, created by a speeding star known as Kappa Cassiopeiae.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17843
Added: 2014-02-20

Views: 4873

Speedster Star Shocks the Galaxy

The red arc in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a giant shock wave, created by a speeding star known as Kappa Cassiopeiae.

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The collection of red dots seen here show one of several very distant galaxy clusters discovered by combining ground-based optical data from the NOAO's Kitt Peak National Observatory with infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The collection of red dots seen here show one of several very distant galaxy clusters discovered by combining ground-based optical data from the NOAO's Kitt Peak National Observatory with infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Galactic Metropolis

The collection of red dots seen here show one of several very distant galaxy clusters discovered by combining ground-based optical data from the NOAO's Kitt Peak National Observatory with infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17565
Added: 2013-12-18

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Galactic Metropolis

The collection of red dots seen here show one of several very distant galaxy clusters discovered by combining ground-based optical data from the NOAO's Kitt Peak National Observatory with infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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The big blob-like structure shown here, named Himiko after the legendary ancient queen of Japan, turns out to be three galaxies thought to be in the process of merging into one.
The big blob-like structure shown here, named Himiko after the legendary ancient queen of Japan, turns out to be three galaxies thought to be in the process of merging into one.

Three-headed Galactic Blob

The big blob-like structure shown here, named Himiko after the legendary ancient queen of Japan, turns out to be three galaxies thought to be in the process of merging into one.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Subaru Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17558
Added: 2013-11-21

Views: 2184

Three-headed Galactic Blob

The big blob-like structure shown here, named Himiko after the legendary ancient queen of Japan, turns out to be three galaxies thought to be in the process of merging into one.

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Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47.
Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47.

Bubbly Newborn Star

Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array Telescope, Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17555
Added: 2013-11-11

Views: 7181

Bubbly Newborn Star

Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47.

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This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called planetary nebulas. Planetary nebulas are a late stage in a sun-like star's life.
This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called planetary nebulas. Planetary nebulas are a late stage in a sun-like star's life.

Death Beckons Three Aging Stars

This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called planetary nebulas. Planetary nebulas are a late stage in a sun-like star's life.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17552
Added: 2013-10-28

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Death Beckons Three Aging Stars

This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called planetary nebulas. Planetary nebulas are a late stage in a sun-like star's life.

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With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.
With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.

Target: Comet
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17443
Added: 2013-09-10

Views: 1579

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.

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The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

The Barred Sculptor Galaxy

The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17256
Added: 2013-08-23

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The Barred Sculptor Galaxy

The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.
Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.

The Tortured Clouds of Eta Carinae

Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17257
Added: 2013-08-23

Views: 9035

The Tortured Clouds of Eta Carinae

Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.

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This image shows two of the galaxy clusters observed by NASA's WISE and Spitzer Space Telescope missions. Galaxy clusters are among the most massive structures in the universe.
This image shows two of the galaxy clusters observed by NASA's WISE and Spitzer Space Telescope missions. Galaxy clusters are among the most massive structures in the universe.

Monster in the Middle: Brightest Cluster Galaxy

This image shows two of the galaxy clusters observed by NASA's WISE and Spitzer Space Telescope missions. Galaxy clusters are among the most massive structures in the universe.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17253
Added: 2013-08-01

Views: 3185

Monster in the Middle: Brightest Cluster Galaxy

This image shows two of the galaxy clusters observed by NASA's WISE and Spitzer Space Telescope missions. Galaxy clusters are among the most massive structures in the universe.

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These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of C/2012 S1 (Comet ISON) were taken on June 13, when ISON was 310 million miles (about 500 million kilometers) from the sun.
These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of C/2012 S1 (Comet ISON) were taken on June 13, when ISON was 310 million miles (about 500 million kilometers) from the sun.

Spitzer Eyes Comet ISON

These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of C/2012 S1 (Comet ISON) were taken on June 13, when ISON was 310 million miles (about 500 million kilometers) from the sun.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17251
Added: 2013-07-23

Views: 1887

Spitzer Eyes Comet ISON

These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of C/2012 S1 (Comet ISON) were taken on June 13, when ISON was 310 million miles (about 500 million kilometers) from the sun.

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There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces supercluster of galaxies located 250 million light-years away.
There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces supercluster of galaxies located 250 million light-years away.

Galaxies in Hiding

There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces supercluster of galaxies located 250 million light-years away.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17241
Added: 2013-06-05

Views: 3440

Galaxies in Hiding

There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces supercluster of galaxies located 250 million light-years away.

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In what may look to some like an undersea image of coral and seaweed, a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is showing the birth and death of stars.
In what may look to some like an undersea image of coral and seaweed, a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is showing the birth and death of stars.

Life and Death Intermingled

In what may look to some like an undersea image of coral and seaweed, a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is showing the birth and death of stars.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17019
Added: 2013-06-05

Views: 4289

Life and Death Intermingled

In what may look to some like an undersea image of coral and seaweed, a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is showing the birth and death of stars.

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Dozens of newborn stars sprouting jets from their dusty cocoons have been spotted in images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This view shows a portion of sky near Canis Major.
Dozens of newborn stars sprouting jets from their dusty cocoons have been spotted in images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This view shows a portion of sky near Canis Major.

Stars Shoot Jets in Cosmic Playground

Dozens of newborn stars sprouting jets from their dusty cocoons have been spotted in images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This view shows a portion of sky near Canis Major.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17018
Added: 2013-06-05

Views: 6772

Stars Shoot Jets in Cosmic Playground

Dozens of newborn stars sprouting jets from their dusty cocoons have been spotted in images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This view shows a portion of sky near Canis Major.

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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a striking example of what is called a hierarchical bubble structure, in which one giant bubble, carved into the dust of space by massive stars, has triggered the formation of smaller bubbles.
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a striking example of what is called a hierarchical bubble structure, in which one giant bubble, carved into the dust of space by massive stars, has triggered the formation of smaller bubbles.

Bubbles Within Bubbles

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a striking example of what is called a hierarchical bubble structure, in which one giant bubble, carved into the dust of space by massive stars, has triggered the formation of smaller bubbles.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17017
Added: 2013-06-05

Views: 7022

Bubbles Within Bubbles

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a striking example of what is called a hierarchical bubble structure, in which one giant bubble, carved into the dust of space by massive stars, has triggered the formation of smaller bubbles.

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This cloud of glowing gas is the Iris nebula, also called NGC 7023.as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It lies 1,300 light-years away in the Cepheus constellation.
This cloud of glowing gas is the Iris nebula, also called NGC 7023.as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It lies 1,300 light-years away in the Cepheus constellation.

Infrared Iris

This cloud of glowing gas is the Iris nebula, also called NGC 7023.as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It lies 1,300 light-years away in the Cepheus constellation.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17015
Added: 2013-05-24

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Infrared Iris

This cloud of glowing gas is the Iris nebula, also called NGC 7023.as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It lies 1,300 light-years away in the Cepheus constellation.

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How many rings do you see in this new image of galaxy Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736? At first glance one might see a number of them, astronomers believe there is just one. This image was captured in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
How many rings do you see in this new image of galaxy Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736? At first glance one might see a number of them, astronomers believe there is just one. This image was captured in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Galactic Wheels within Wheels

How many rings do you see in this new image of galaxy Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736? At first glance one might see a number of them, astronomers believe there is just one. This image was captured in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17011
Added: 2013-05-16

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Galactic Wheels within Wheels

How many rings do you see in this new image of galaxy Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736? At first glance one might see a number of them, astronomers believe there is just one. This image was captured in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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