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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: 702

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

Views: 2375

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

Views: 798

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

Views: 945

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: 1608

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: 739

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

Views: 1057

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: 2115

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: 1421

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: 3462

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: 3238

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: 1084

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

Views: 1478

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: 843

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: 2220

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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This image of the Crab Pulsar was taken with CHIMERA, an instrument at the Palomar Observatory, which is operated by the California Institute of Technology.
This image of the Crab Pulsar was taken with CHIMERA, an instrument at the Palomar Observatory, which is operated by the California Institute of Technology.

Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects

This image of the Crab Pulsar was taken with CHIMERA, an instrument at the Palomar Observatory, which is operated by the California Institute of Technology.

Instrument: CHIMERA
ID#: PIA20347
Added: 2016-03-03

Views: 1600

Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects

This image of the Crab Pulsar was taken with CHIMERA, an instrument at the Palomar Observatory, which is operated by the California Institute of Technology.

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This is an illustration of a planet that is four times the mass of Jupiter and orbits 5 billion miles from a brown-dwarf companion (the bright red object seen in the background).
This is an illustration of a planet that is four times the mass of Jupiter and orbits 5 billion miles from a brown-dwarf companion (the bright red object seen in the background).

Artist's View of a Super-Jupiter around a Brown Dwarf (2M1207)

This is an illustration of a planet that is four times the mass of Jupiter and orbits 5 billion miles from a brown-dwarf companion (the bright red object seen in the background).

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
ID#: PIA16033
Added: 2016-02-18

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Artist's View of a Super-Jupiter around a Brown Dwarf (2M1207)

This is an illustration of a planet that is four times the mass of Jupiter and orbits 5 billion miles from a brown-dwarf companion (the bright red object seen in the background).

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This artist's diagram shows the Smith Cloud as it arcs out of the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, then returning like a boomerang. Hubble's Telescope measurements that it came out of a region near the edge of the galaxy's disk of stars 70 million years ago
This artist's diagram shows the Smith Cloud as it arcs out of the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, then returning like a boomerang. Hubble's Telescope measurements that it came out of a region near the edge of the galaxy's disk of stars 70 million years ago

Monstrous Cloud Boomerangs Back to Our Galaxy (Artist's Concept)

This artist's diagram shows the Smith Cloud as it arcs out of the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, then returning like a boomerang. Hubble's Telescope measurements that it came out of a region near the edge of the galaxy's disk of stars 70 million years ago

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
ID#: PIA16024
Added: 2016-01-28

Views: 740

Monstrous Cloud Boomerangs Back to Our Galaxy (Artist's Concept)

This artist's diagram shows the Smith Cloud as it arcs out of the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, then returning like a boomerang. Hubble's Telescope measurements that it came out of a region near the edge of the galaxy's disk of stars 70 million years ago

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Resembling an opulent diamond tapestry, this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a glittering star cluster that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy called Trumpler 14.
Resembling an opulent diamond tapestry, this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a glittering star cluster that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy called Trumpler 14.

Hubble Unveils a Tapestry of Dazzling Diamond-Like Stars

Resembling an opulent diamond tapestry, this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a glittering star cluster that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy called Trumpler 14.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument: Advanced Camera for Surveys
ID#: PIA20468
Added: 2016-01-21

Views: 1646

Hubble Unveils a Tapestry of Dazzling Diamond-Like Stars

Resembling an opulent diamond tapestry, this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a glittering star cluster that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy called Trumpler 14.

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Astronomers have made the most detailed study yet of an extremely massive young galaxy cluster using three of NASA's Great Observatories. This rare galaxy cluster, located 10 billion light-years from Earth, is almost as massive as 500 trillion suns.
Astronomers have made the most detailed study yet of an extremely massive young galaxy cluster using three of NASA's Great Observatories. This rare galaxy cluster, located 10 billion light-years from Earth, is almost as massive as 500 trillion suns.

Galaxy Cluster IDCS J1426

Astronomers have made the most detailed study yet of an extremely massive young galaxy cluster using three of NASA's Great Observatories. This rare galaxy cluster, located 10 billion light-years from Earth, is almost as massive as 500 trillion suns.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Herschel Space Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA20063
Added: 2016-01-07

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Galaxy Cluster IDCS J1426

Astronomers have made the most detailed study yet of an extremely massive young galaxy cluster using three of NASA's Great Observatories. This rare galaxy cluster, located 10 billion light-years from Earth, is almost as massive as 500 trillion suns.

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The discovery of likely Eta Carinae 'twins' in other galaxies will help scientists better understand this brief phase in the life of a massive star with images such as this from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
The discovery of likely Eta Carinae 'twins' in other galaxies will help scientists better understand this brief phase in the life of a massive star with images such as this from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

WFPC2 Image of the Variable Star Eta Carinae

The discovery of likely Eta Carinae 'twins' in other galaxies will help scientists better understand this brief phase in the life of a massive star with images such as this from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument: Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
ID#: PIA20294
Added: 2016-01-06

Views: 3019

WFPC2 Image of the Variable Star Eta Carinae

The discovery of likely Eta Carinae 'twins' in other galaxies will help scientists better understand this brief phase in the life of a massive star with images such as this from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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Researchers found likely twins of the giant, erupting star Eta Carinae by comparing infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
Researchers found likely twins of the giant, erupting star Eta Carinae by comparing infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

A Full Panel of Twins

Researchers found likely twins of the giant, erupting star Eta Carinae by comparing infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20018
Added: 2016-01-06

Views: 1200

A Full Panel of Twins

Researchers found likely twins of the giant, erupting star Eta Carinae by comparing infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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