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The blue dot in this image marks the spot of an energetic pulsar -- the magnetic, spinning core of star that blew up in a supernova explosion. NASA's NuSTAR discovered the pulsar by identifying its telltale pulse.
The blue dot in this image marks the spot of an energetic pulsar -- the magnetic, spinning core of star that blew up in a supernova explosion. NASA's NuSTAR discovered the pulsar by identifying its telltale pulse.

Powerful, Pulsating Core of Star

The blue dot in this image marks the spot of an energetic pulsar -- the magnetic, spinning core of star that blew up in a supernova explosion. NASA's NuSTAR discovered the pulsar by identifying its telltale pulse.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18836
Added: 2014-09-16

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Powerful, Pulsating Core of Star

The blue dot in this image marks the spot of an energetic pulsar -- the magnetic, spinning core of star that blew up in a supernova explosion. NASA's NuSTAR discovered the pulsar by identifying its telltale pulse.

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Millions of galaxies populate the patch of sky known as the COSMOS field, short for Cosmic Evolution Survey, a portion of which is shown here. Even the smallest dots in this image are galaxies, some up to 12 billion light-years away.
Millions of galaxies populate the patch of sky known as the COSMOS field, short for Cosmic Evolution Survey, a portion of which is shown here. Even the smallest dots in this image are galaxies, some up to 12 billion light-years away.

Take a Splash Into the Cosmos

Millions of galaxies populate the patch of sky known as the COSMOS field, short for Cosmic Evolution Survey, a portion of which is shown here. Even the smallest dots in this image are galaxies, some up to 12 billion light-years away.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope, Subaru Telescope
ID#: PIA18472
Added: 2014-09-09

Views: 1386

Take a Splash Into the Cosmos

Millions of galaxies populate the patch of sky known as the COSMOS field, short for Cosmic Evolution Survey, a portion of which is shown here. Even the smallest dots in this image are galaxies, some up to 12 billion light-years away.

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Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge eruption of dust around a star called NGC 2547-ID8.
Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge eruption of dust around a star called NGC 2547-ID8.

Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge eruption of dust around a star called NGC 2547-ID8.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18470
Added: 2014-08-28

Views: 1448

Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge eruption of dust around a star called NGC 2547-ID8.

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This artist's concept shows the immediate aftermath of a large asteroid impact around NGC 2547-ID8, a 35-million-year-old sun-like star thought to be forming rocky planets.
This artist's concept shows the immediate aftermath of a large asteroid impact around NGC 2547-ID8, a 35-million-year-old sun-like star thought to be forming rocky planets.

Building Planets Through Collisions (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows the immediate aftermath of a large asteroid impact around NGC 2547-ID8, a 35-million-year-old sun-like star thought to be forming rocky planets.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18469
Added: 2014-08-28

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Building Planets Through Collisions (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows the immediate aftermath of a large asteroid impact around NGC 2547-ID8, a 35-million-year-old sun-like star thought to be forming rocky planets.

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Artist's impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy.
Artist's impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy.

A Cauldron of Star Birth in the Center of a Young Galaxy (Artist's Concept)

Artist's impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18471
Added: 2014-08-27

Views: 2065

A Cauldron of Star Birth in the Center of a Young Galaxy (Artist's Concept)

Artist's impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy.

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Puppis A, around 7,000 light-years away, is seen in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton.
Puppis A, around 7,000 light-years away, is seen in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton.

Supernova Seen In Two Lights

Puppis A, around 7,000 light-years away, is seen in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton.

Mission: Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope, XMM-Newton
Spacecraft: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS), XMM-Newton X-ray
ID#: PIA18468
Added: 2014-08-21

Views: 954

Supernova Seen In Two Lights

Puppis A, around 7,000 light-years away, is seen in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton.

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This data plot captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, shows X-ray light streaming from regions near a supermassive black hole known as Markarian 335.
This data plot captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, shows X-ray light streaming from regions near a supermassive black hole known as Markarian 335.

Big, Spinning Black Hole Blurs Light

This data plot captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, shows X-ray light streaming from regions near a supermassive black hole known as Markarian 335.

Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
ID#: PIA18467
Added: 2014-08-12

Views: 7659

Big, Spinning Black Hole Blurs Light

This data plot captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, shows X-ray light streaming from regions near a supermassive black hole known as Markarian 335.

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NASA's NEOWISE mission detected comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on July 28, 2014, less than three months before this comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.
NASA's NEOWISE mission detected comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on July 28, 2014, less than three months before this comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.

NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring a Second Time

NASA's NEOWISE mission detected comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on July 28, 2014, less than three months before this comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.

Mission: NEOWISE Project
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA18593
Added: 2014-08-07

Views: 6613

NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring a Second Time

NASA's NEOWISE mission detected comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on July 28, 2014, less than three months before this comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.

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NASA's NEOWISE spotted Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina), appearing to be a highly active comet one day past perihelion on July 7, 2014.
NASA's NEOWISE spotted Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina), appearing to be a highly active comet one day past perihelion on July 7, 2014.

NEOWISE Spies Activity on Comet Catalina

NASA's NEOWISE spotted Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina), appearing to be a highly active comet one day past perihelion on July 7, 2014.

Mission: NEOWISE Project
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA18653
Added: 2014-07-23

Views: 685

NEOWISE Spies Activity on Comet Catalina

NASA's NEOWISE spotted Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina), appearing to be a highly active comet one day past perihelion on July 7, 2014.

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Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) first looked like an asteroid when NASA's NEOWISE team first observed it on December 31, 2013. These exposures were taken that day, when the comet was at a distance of about 2.9 AU from the sun.
Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) first looked like an asteroid when NASA's NEOWISE team first observed it on December 31, 2013. These exposures were taken that day, when the comet was at a distance of about 2.9 AU from the sun.

NEOWISE Spots Comet Catalina

Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) first looked like an asteroid when NASA's NEOWISE team first observed it on December 31, 2013. These exposures were taken that day, when the comet was at a distance of about 2.9 AU from the sun.

Mission: NEOWISE Project
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA18652
Added: 2014-07-23

Views: 452

NEOWISE Spots Comet Catalina

Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) first looked like an asteroid when NASA's NEOWISE team first observed it on December 31, 2013. These exposures were taken that day, when the comet was at a distance of about 2.9 AU from the sun.

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A composite image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4258 showing X-ray emission observed with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) and infrared emission observed with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red and green).
A composite image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4258 showing X-ray emission observed with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) and infrared emission observed with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red and green).

Black Hole Jets Make Shock Waves

A composite image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4258 showing X-ray emission observed with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) and infrared emission observed with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red and green).

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18462
Added: 2014-07-02

Views: 1589

Black Hole Jets Make Shock Waves

A composite image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4258 showing X-ray emission observed with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) and infrared emission observed with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red and green).

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Anomalous arms are seen in this composite image of NGC 4258 from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observator, NSF's Karl Jansky Very Large Array, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.
Anomalous arms are seen in this composite image of NGC 4258 from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observator, NSF's Karl Jansky Very Large Array, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.

Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display

Anomalous arms are seen in this composite image of NGC 4258 from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observator, NSF's Karl Jansky Very Large Array, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, Karl Jansky Very Large Array
ID#: PIA18461
Added: 2014-07-02

Views: 12132

Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display

Anomalous arms are seen in this composite image of NGC 4258 from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observator, NSF's Karl Jansky Very Large Array, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Illustrated in this artist's concept are two possible structures for asteroid 2011 MD. NASA's Spitzer infrared camera helped reveal that this asteroid consists of about two-thirds empty space.
Illustrated in this artist's concept are two possible structures for asteroid 2011 MD. NASA's Spitzer infrared camera helped reveal that this asteroid consists of about two-thirds empty space.

The Spacious Structure of Asteroid 2011 MD (Artist's Concept)

Illustrated in this artist's concept are two possible structures for asteroid 2011 MD. NASA's Spitzer infrared camera helped reveal that this asteroid consists of about two-thirds empty space.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18456
Added: 2014-06-19

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The Spacious Structure of Asteroid 2011 MD (Artist's Concept)

Illustrated in this artist's concept are two possible structures for asteroid 2011 MD. NASA's Spitzer infrared camera helped reveal that this asteroid consists of about two-thirds empty space.

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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, have helped to reveal that a small asteroid called 2011 MD is made-up of two-thirds empty space.
Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, have helped to reveal that a small asteroid called 2011 MD is made-up of two-thirds empty space.

Solid as a Rock? Porosity of Asteroids

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, have helped to reveal that a small asteroid called 2011 MD is made-up of two-thirds empty space.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18455
Added: 2014-06-19

Views: 355

Solid as a Rock? Porosity of Asteroids

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, have helped to reveal that a small asteroid called 2011 MD is made-up of two-thirds empty space.

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Observations of infrared light from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light measurements.
Observations of infrared light from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light measurements.

How to Measure the Size of an Asteroid

Observations of infrared light from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light measurements.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18454
Added: 2014-06-19

Views: 359

How to Measure the Size of an Asteroid

Observations of infrared light from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light measurements.

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The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538.
The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538.

A Puzzling Cosmic Ring

The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538.

Target: NGC 7538
Mission: Herschel Space Observatory
Instrument: Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer, Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver
ID#: PIA18452
Added: 2014-06-12

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A Puzzling Cosmic Ring

The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538.

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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

Views: 983

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

Views: 1858

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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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: 2044

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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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 composite image shows one of the clusters, NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the so-called Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. Astronomers have studied two star clusters using NASA's Chandra and infrared telescopes.
This composite image shows one of the clusters, NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the so-called Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. Astronomers have studied two star clusters using NASA's Chandra and infrared telescopes.

Inside the Flame Nebula

This composite image shows one of the clusters, NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the so-called Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. Astronomers have studied two star clusters using NASA's Chandra and infrared telescopes.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18249
Added: 2014-05-07

Views: 19166

Inside the Flame Nebula

This composite image shows one of the clusters, NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the so-called Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. Astronomers have studied two star clusters using NASA's Chandra and infrared telescopes.

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The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.
The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.

Magnetic Map of Milky Way

The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.

Mission: Planck
Spacecraft: Planck Spacecraft
ID#: PIA18048
Added: 2014-05-06

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Magnetic Map of Milky Way

The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.

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The young galaxy SDSS090122.37+181432.3, also known as S0901, is seen here by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope as the bright arc to the left of the central bright galaxy.
The young galaxy SDSS090122.37+181432.3, also known as S0901, is seen here by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope as the bright arc to the left of the central bright galaxy.

Smeared and Magnified Galaxy

The young galaxy SDSS090122.37+181432.3, also known as S0901, is seen here by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope as the bright arc to the left of the central bright galaxy.

Mission: Herschel Space Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument: Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared (HIFI), Wide Field Camera 3
ID#: PIA18004
Added: 2014-04-29

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Smeared and Magnified Galaxy

The young galaxy SDSS090122.37+181432.3, also known as S0901, is seen here by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope as the bright arc to the left of the central bright galaxy.

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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

Views: 3040

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

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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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