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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, detected tiny quartz-like crystals sprinkled in young planetary systems. The crystals, which are types of silica minerals called cristobalite and tridymite.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, detected tiny quartz-like crystals sprinkled in young planetary systems. The crystals, which are types of silica minerals called cristobalite and tridymite.

Quartz-like Crystals Found in Planetary Disks

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, detected tiny quartz-like crystals sprinkled in young planetary systems. The crystals, which are types of silica minerals called cristobalite and tridymite.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA11417
Added: 2008-11-11

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Quartz-like Crystals Found in Planetary Disks

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, detected tiny quartz-like crystals sprinkled in young planetary systems. The crystals, which are types of silica minerals called cristobalite and tridymite.

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The Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, sports bright reddish edges in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, sports bright reddish edges in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

"No Organics" Zone Circles Pinwheel

The Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, sports bright reddish edges in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Target: Messier 101
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), Infrared Spectrograph (IRS), Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
ID#: PIA10968
Added: 2008-07-21

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"No Organics" Zone Circles Pinwheel

The Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, sports bright reddish edges in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope imaged the mysterious ring around magnetar SGR 1900+14 in infrared light.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope imaged the mysterious ring around magnetar SGR 1900+14 in infrared light.

Ghostly Ring

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope imaged the mysterious ring around magnetar SGR 1900+14 in infrared light.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), Infrared Spectrograph (IRS), Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
ID#: PIA10711
Added: 2008-05-28

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Ghostly Ring

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope imaged the mysterious ring around magnetar SGR 1900+14 in infrared light.

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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a flat, spiral galaxy called NGC 3621 has a feeding, supermassive black hole lurking within it.
This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a flat, spiral galaxy called NGC 3621 has a feeding, supermassive black hole lurking within it.

Slender Galaxy with Robust Black Hole

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a flat, spiral galaxy called NGC 3621 has a feeding, supermassive black hole lurking within it.

Target: NGC 3621
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA10220
Added: 2008-01-10

Views: 3799

Slender Galaxy with Robust Black Hole

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a flat, spiral galaxy called NGC 3621 has a feeding, supermassive black hole lurking within it.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.

Cosmic Ornament of Gas and Dust

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA10206
Added: 2007-12-20

Views: 3695

Cosmic Ornament of Gas and Dust

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.

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The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Dissecting the Wake of a Supernova Explosion

The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA10207
Added: 2007-12-20

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Dissecting the Wake of a Supernova Explosion

The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such quasar winds might have forged these dusty particles in the very early universe.
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such quasar winds might have forged these dusty particles in the very early universe.

Dust in the Quasar Wind (Artist Concept)

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such quasar winds might have forged these dusty particles in the very early universe.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA10019
Added: 2007-10-09

Views: 5060

Dust in the Quasar Wind (Artist Concept)

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such quasar winds might have forged these dusty particles in the very early universe.

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This plot of data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals dust entrained in the winds rushing away from a quasar, or growing black hole. The quasar is called PG2112+059
This plot of data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals dust entrained in the winds rushing away from a quasar, or growing black hole. The quasar is called PG2112+059

A Wealth of Dust Grains in Quasar Winds

This plot of data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals dust entrained in the winds rushing away from a quasar, or growing black hole. The quasar is called PG2112+059

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA09932
Added: 2007-10-09

Views: 3276

A Wealth of Dust Grains in Quasar Winds

This plot of data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals dust entrained in the winds rushing away from a quasar, or growing black hole. The quasar is called PG2112+059

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This plot of infrared data, called a spectrum, shows the strong signature of water vapor deep within the core of an embryonic star system, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B.
The data were captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
This plot of infrared data, called a spectrum, shows the strong signature of water vapor deep within the core of an embryonic star system, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B.
The data were captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Spitzer Sees Water Loud and Clear

This plot of infrared data, called a spectrum, shows the strong signature of water vapor deep within the core of an embryonic star system, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B.
The data were captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Target: NGC 1333
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA09965
Added: 2007-08-29

Views: 3259

Spitzer Sees Water Loud and Clear

This plot of infrared data, called a spectrum, shows the strong signature of water vapor deep within the core of an embryonic star system, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B. The data were captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a toasty gas exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system, contains water vapor.
This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a toasty gas exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system, contains water vapor.

Exoplanet Forecast: Hot and Wet

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a toasty gas exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system, contains water vapor.

Target: HD 189733b
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA09715
Added: 2007-07-11

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Exoplanet Forecast: Hot and Wet

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a toasty gas exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system, contains water vapor.

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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called
This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called

Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds

This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA09199
Added: 2007-02-21

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Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds

This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called "hot Jupiter" called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.

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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called
This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called

Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds

This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA09198
Added: 2007-02-21

Views: 3424

Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds

This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called "hot Jupiter" called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.

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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called
This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called

Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds

This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA09197
Added: 2007-02-21

Views: 3279

Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds

This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called "hot Jupiter" called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.

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This artist's concept based on data fromNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows delicate greenish crystals sprinkled throughout the violent core of a pair of colliding galaxies. The white spots represent a thriving population of stars of all sizes and ages.
This artist's concept based on data fromNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows delicate greenish crystals sprinkled throughout the violent core of a pair of colliding galaxies. The white spots represent a thriving population of stars of all sizes and ages.

Galactic Hearts of Glass (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept based on data fromNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows delicate greenish crystals sprinkled throughout the violent core of a pair of colliding galaxies. The white spots represent a thriving population of stars of all sizes and ages.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA02180
Added: 2006-02-15

Views: 4140

Galactic Hearts of Glass (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept based on data fromNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows delicate greenish crystals sprinkled throughout the violent core of a pair of colliding galaxies. The white spots represent a thriving population of stars of all sizes and ages.

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This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredients of DNA and protein are concentrated in a dusty planet-forming disk circling a young sun-like star called IRS 46.
This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredients of DNA and protein are concentrated in a dusty planet-forming disk circling a young sun-like star called IRS 46.

Life's Starting Materials Found in Dusty Disk

This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredients of DNA and protein are concentrated in a dusty planet-forming disk circling a young sun-like star called IRS 46.

Target: IRS 46
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA03242
Added: 2005-12-20

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Life's Starting Materials Found in Dusty Disk

This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredients of DNA and protein are concentrated in a dusty planet-forming disk circling a young sun-like star called IRS 46.

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This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, charts light from a faraway galaxy located 10 billion light years from Earth. It tracks mid-infrared light from an extremely luminous galaxy when the universe was only 1/4 of its current age.
This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, charts light from a faraway galaxy located 10 billion light years from Earth. It tracks mid-infrared light from an extremely luminous galaxy when the universe was only 1/4 of its current age.

Charting Ingredients for Life

This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, charts light from a faraway galaxy located 10 billion light years from Earth. It tracks mid-infrared light from an extremely luminous galaxy when the universe was only 1/4 of its current age.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA03537
Added: 2005-07-27

Views: 3284

Charting Ingredients for Life

This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, charts light from a faraway galaxy located 10 billion light years from Earth. It tracks mid-infrared light from an extremely luminous galaxy when the universe was only 1/4 of its current age.

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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 69830 (upper line) has a very similar composition to that of Comet Hale-Bopp.
This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 69830 (upper line) has a very similar composition to that of Comet Hale-Bopp.

Super-Comet or Big Asteroid Belt?

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 69830 (upper line) has a very similar composition to that of Comet Hale-Bopp.

Target: HD 69830
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA07852
Added: 2005-04-20

Views: 3877

Super-Comet or Big Asteroid Belt?

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 69830 (upper line) has a very similar composition to that of Comet Hale-Bopp.

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This spectrum shows the light from a dusty, distant galaxy located 11 billion light-years away. The galaxy is invisible to optical telescopes, but NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the light from it and dozens of other similar galaxies.
This spectrum shows the light from a dusty, distant galaxy located 11 billion light-years away. The galaxy is invisible to optical telescopes, but NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the light from it and dozens of other similar galaxies.

Fingerprints in the Light

This spectrum shows the light from a dusty, distant galaxy located 11 billion light-years away. The galaxy is invisible to optical telescopes, but NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the light from it and dozens of other similar galaxies.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA07395
Added: 2005-03-01

Views: 3806

Fingerprints in the Light

This spectrum shows the light from a dusty, distant galaxy located 11 billion light-years away. The galaxy is invisible to optical telescopes, but NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the light from it and dozens of other similar galaxies.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the building blocks of life in the distant universe, albeit in a violent milieu.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the building blocks of life in the distant universe, albeit in a violent milieu.

Spectrum from Faint Galaxy IRAS F00183-7111

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the building blocks of life in the distant universe, albeit in a violent milieu.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA04941
Added: 2003-12-18

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Spectrum from Faint Galaxy IRAS F00183-7111

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the building blocks of life in the distant universe, albeit in a violent milieu.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has lifted the cosmic veil to see an otherwise hidden newborn star, while detecting the presence of water and carbon dioxide ices, as well as organic molecules.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has lifted the cosmic veil to see an otherwise hidden newborn star, while detecting the presence of water and carbon dioxide ices, as well as organic molecules.

Spectrum from Embedded Star in Herbig-Haro 46/47

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has lifted the cosmic veil to see an otherwise hidden newborn star, while detecting the presence of water and carbon dioxide ices, as well as organic molecules.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
ID#: PIA04940
Added: 2003-12-18

Views: 4064

Spectrum from Embedded Star in Herbig-Haro 46/47

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has lifted the cosmic veil to see an otherwise hidden newborn star, while detecting the presence of water and carbon dioxide ices, as well as organic molecules.

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