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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

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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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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: 1176

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

Views: 2120

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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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: 1570

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

Views: 3620

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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Bow shocks thought to mark the paths of massive, speeding stars are highlighted in these images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
Bow shocks thought to mark the paths of massive, speeding stars are highlighted in these images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

Bow Shocks in Space

Bow shocks thought to mark the paths of massive, speeding stars are highlighted in these images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: Spitzer Space Telescope, WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA20062
Added: 2016-01-05

Views: 3748

Bow Shocks in Space

Bow shocks thought to mark the paths of massive, speeding stars are highlighted in these images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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Astronomers using data from NASA's WISE are helping to trace the shape of our Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. Here, WISE data revealed clusters of young stars shrouded in dust, called embedded clusters, which are known to reside in spiral arms.
Astronomers using data from NASA's WISE are helping to trace the shape of our Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. Here, WISE data revealed clusters of young stars shrouded in dust, called embedded clusters, which are known to reside in spiral arms.

Tracing the Arms of our Milky Way Galaxy

Astronomers using data from NASA's WISE are helping to trace the shape of our Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. Here, WISE data revealed clusters of young stars shrouded in dust, called embedded clusters, which are known to reside in spiral arms.

Target: Milky Way
Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA19341
Added: 2015-06-03

Views: 5033

Tracing the Arms of our Milky Way Galaxy

Astronomers using data from NASA's WISE are helping to trace the shape of our Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. Here, WISE data revealed clusters of young stars shrouded in dust, called embedded clusters, which are known to reside in spiral arms.

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This artist's concept of the galaxy named WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is erupting with light equal to more than 300 trillion sunset; it was discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
This artist's concept of the galaxy named WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is erupting with light equal to more than 300 trillion sunset; it was discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

Dusty 'Sunrise' at Core of Galaxy (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept of the galaxy named WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is erupting with light equal to more than 300 trillion sunset; it was discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA19339
Added: 2015-05-21

Views: 3287

Dusty 'Sunrise' at Core of Galaxy (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept of the galaxy named WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is erupting with light equal to more than 300 trillion sunset; it was discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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In this image of PSR B1509-58 (about 170,000 light-years from Earth), X-rays from NASA's Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).
In this image of PSR B1509-58 (about 170,000 light-years from Earth), X-rays from NASA's Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

Face Illusion in the Cosmic Clouds

In this image of PSR B1509-58 (about 170,000 light-years from Earth), X-rays from NASA's Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA18848
Added: 2014-10-22

Views: 99799

Face Illusion in the Cosmic Clouds

In this image of PSR B1509-58 (about 170,000 light-years from Earth), X-rays from NASA's Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

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This infographic explains a popular theory of active supermassive black holes, referred to as the unified model -- and how new data from NASA's WISE, is at conflict with the model.
This infographic explains a popular theory of active supermassive black holes, referred to as the unified model -- and how new data from NASA's WISE, is at conflict with the model.

Unified, or 'Doughnut,' Theory of Active, Black Holes

This infographic explains a popular theory of active supermassive black holes, referred to as the unified model -- and how new data from NASA's WISE, is at conflict with the model.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA18013
Added: 2014-05-22

Views: 6878

Unified, or 'Doughnut,' Theory of Active, Black Holes

This infographic explains a popular theory of active supermassive black holes, referred to as the unified model -- and how new data from NASA's WISE, is at conflict with the model.

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This artistically enhanced image from NASA's WISE data shows galaxies clumped together in the Fornax cluster, located 60 million light-years from Earth.
This artistically enhanced image from NASA's WISE data shows galaxies clumped together in the Fornax cluster, located 60 million light-years from Earth.

The Clumping Behavior of Galaxies

This artistically enhanced image from NASA's WISE data shows galaxies clumped together in the Fornax cluster, located 60 million light-years from Earth.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA18012
Added: 2014-05-22

Views: 3944

The Clumping Behavior of Galaxies

This artistically enhanced image from NASA's WISE data shows galaxies clumped together in the Fornax cluster, located 60 million light-years from Earth.

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This diagram illustrates the locations of the star systems closest to the sun. The year when the distance to each system was determined is listed after the system's name.
This diagram illustrates the locations of the star systems closest to the sun. The year when the distance to each system was determined is listed after the system's name.

Welcome to the Sun's Neighborhood

This diagram illustrates the locations of the star systems closest to the sun. The year when the distance to each system was determined is listed after the system's name.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA18003
Added: 2014-04-25

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Welcome to the Sun's Neighborhood

This diagram illustrates the locations of the star systems closest to the sun. The year when the distance to each system was determined is listed after the system's name.

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This frame from an animation shows the coldest brown dwarf yet seen, and the fourth closest system to our sun. Called WISE J085510.83-071442.5, this dim object was discovered through its rapid motion across the sky.
This frame from an animation shows the coldest brown dwarf yet seen, and the fourth closest system to our sun. Called WISE J085510.83-071442.5, this dim object was discovered through its rapid motion across the sky.

Cold and Quick: a Fast-Moving Brown Dwarf

This frame from an animation shows the coldest brown dwarf yet seen, and the fourth closest system to our sun. Called WISE J085510.83-071442.5, this dim object was discovered through its rapid motion across the sky.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA18002
Added: 2014-04-25

Views: 3667

Cold and Quick: a Fast-Moving Brown Dwarf

This frame from an animation shows the coldest brown dwarf yet seen, and the fourth closest system to our sun. Called WISE J085510.83-071442.5, this dim object was discovered through its rapid motion across the sky.

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This artist's conception shows the object named WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf. Brown dwarfs are dim star-like bodies that lack the mass to burn nuclear fuel as stars do.
This artist's conception shows the object named WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf. Brown dwarfs are dim star-like bodies that lack the mass to burn nuclear fuel as stars do.

Cold and Close Celestial Orb (Artist's Concept)

This artist's conception shows the object named WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf. Brown dwarfs are dim star-like bodies that lack the mass to burn nuclear fuel as stars do.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA18001
Added: 2014-04-25

Views: 4033

Cold and Close Celestial Orb (Artist's Concept)

This artist's conception shows the object named WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf. Brown dwarfs are dim star-like bodies that lack the mass to burn nuclear fuel as stars do.

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The third closest star system to the sun, called WISE J104915.57-531906, center of large image, which was taken by NASA's WISE. It appeared to be a single object, but a sharper image from Gemini Observatory, revealed that it was binary star system.
The third closest star system to the sun, called WISE J104915.57-531906, center of large image, which was taken by NASA's WISE. It appeared to be a single object, but a sharper image from Gemini Observatory, revealed that it was binary star system.

Brown Dwarfs in our 'Backyard'

The third closest star system to the sun, called WISE J104915.57-531906, center of large image, which was taken by NASA's WISE. It appeared to be a single object, but a sharper image from Gemini Observatory, revealed that it was binary star system.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: Gemini Observatory, WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17992
Added: 2014-03-07

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Brown Dwarfs in our 'Backyard'

The third closest star system to the sun, called WISE J104915.57-531906, center of large image, which was taken by NASA's WISE. It appeared to be a single object, but a sharper image from Gemini Observatory, revealed that it was binary star system.

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A nearby star, called WISEA J204027.30+695924, stands out in red in this image from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey.
A nearby star, called WISEA J204027.30+695924, stands out in red in this image from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey.

A New Solar Neighbor

A nearby star, called WISEA J204027.30+695924, stands out in red in this image from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA17991
Added: 2014-03-07

Views: 4698

A New Solar Neighbor

A nearby star, called WISEA J204027.30+695924, stands out in red in this image from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey.

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This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.
This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.

What WISE Can and Cannot See

This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA17990
Added: 2014-03-07

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What WISE Can and Cannot See

This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.

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Radiation and winds from massive stars have blown a cavity into the surrounding dust and gas, creating the Trifid nebula, as seen here in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
Radiation and winds from massive stars have blown a cavity into the surrounding dust and gas, creating the Trifid nebula, as seen here in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

Storm of Stars in the Trifid Nebula

Radiation and winds from massive stars have blown a cavity into the surrounding dust and gas, creating the Trifid nebula, as seen here in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17834
Added: 2014-01-29

Views: 13007

Storm of Stars in the Trifid Nebula

Radiation and winds from massive stars have blown a cavity into the surrounding dust and gas, creating the Trifid nebula, as seen here in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

NEOWISE's New Find

The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17829
Added: 2014-01-07

Views: 4427

NEOWISE's New Find

The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.
NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.

NEOWISE's Next Light

NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17811
Added: 2013-12-19

Views: 7040

NEOWISE's Next Light

NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.

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This is one of the first images captured by the revived NEOWISE mission, after more than two years of hibernation. It shows a patch of sky in the constellation Canes Venatici, or the Hunting Dogs.
This is one of the first images captured by the revived NEOWISE mission, after more than two years of hibernation. It shows a patch of sky in the constellation Canes Venatici, or the Hunting Dogs.

NEOWISE Opens its Eyes

This is one of the first images captured by the revived NEOWISE mission, after more than two years of hibernation. It shows a patch of sky in the constellation Canes Venatici, or the Hunting Dogs.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17810
Added: 2013-12-19

Views: 4156

NEOWISE Opens its Eyes

This is one of the first images captured by the revived NEOWISE mission, after more than two years of hibernation. It shows a patch of sky in the constellation Canes Venatici, or the Hunting Dogs.

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A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE. Skirting around the edges of the Helix nebula are the footprints of asteroids marching across the field of view.
A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE. Skirting around the edges of the Helix nebula are the footprints of asteroids marching across the field of view.

March of Asteroids Across Dying Star

A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE. Skirting around the edges of the Helix nebula are the footprints of asteroids marching across the field of view.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17564
Added: 2013-12-12

Views: 8835

March of Asteroids Across Dying Star

A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE. Skirting around the edges of the Helix nebula are the footprints of asteroids marching across the field of view.

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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, helped lead astronomers to what appears to be a new example of a dancing black hole duo.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, helped lead astronomers to what appears to be a new example of a dancing black hole duo.

Two Black Holes on Way to Becoming One (Artist's Concept)

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, helped lead astronomers to what appears to be a new example of a dancing black hole duo.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ID#: PIA17562
Added: 2013-12-03

Views: 5440

Two Black Holes on Way to Becoming One (Artist's Concept)

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, helped lead astronomers to what appears to be a new example of a dancing black hole duo.

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The new AllWISE catalog will bring distant galaxies that were once invisible out of hiding, as illustrated in this image. At right, a portion of the sky available before the AllWISE project; at left, the same part of the sky in a new AllWISE image.
The new AllWISE catalog will bring distant galaxies that were once invisible out of hiding, as illustrated in this image. At right, a portion of the sky available before the AllWISE project; at left, the same part of the sky in a new AllWISE image.

AllWISE Brings Galaxies Out of Hiding

The new AllWISE catalog will bring distant galaxies that were once invisible out of hiding, as illustrated in this image. At right, a portion of the sky available before the AllWISE project; at left, the same part of the sky in a new AllWISE image.

Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17557
Added: 2013-11-14

Views: 2514

AllWISE Brings Galaxies Out of Hiding

The new AllWISE catalog will bring distant galaxies that were once invisible out of hiding, as illustrated in this image. At right, a portion of the sky available before the AllWISE project; at left, the same part of the sky in a new AllWISE image.

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New detailed radio data from the NRAO's Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed that the large perpendicular extension of UGC 10288's halo (blue) is really a distant background galaxy with radio jets.
New detailed radio data from the NRAO's Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed that the large perpendicular extension of UGC 10288's halo (blue) is really a distant background galaxy with radio jets.

Two Galaxies Masquerading as One

New detailed radio data from the NRAO's Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed that the large perpendicular extension of UGC 10288's halo (blue) is really a distant background galaxy with radio jets.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: Jansky Very Large Array (VLA)
ID#: PIA17556
Added: 2013-11-14

Views: 3578

Two Galaxies Masquerading as One

New detailed radio data from the NRAO's Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed that the large perpendicular extension of UGC 10288's halo (blue) is really a distant background galaxy with radio jets.

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