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This diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
This diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

Kepler-186 and the Solar System

This diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

Mission: Kepler
Size: 4534 x 2550
ID#: PIA18000
Added: 2014-04-17

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Kepler-186 and the Solar System

This diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

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This artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone, a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface.
This artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone, a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface.

Kepler-186f, the First Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone, a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface.

Mission: Kepler
Size: 4534 x 2550
ID#: PIA17999
Added: 2014-04-17

Views: 4837

Kepler-186f, the First Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone, a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface.

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Known as IRAS 20324+4057 ('The Tadpole'), taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2012, shows a bright blue tadpole as it appears to swim through the inky blackness of space.
Known as IRAS 20324+4057 ('The Tadpole'), taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2012, shows a bright blue tadpole as it appears to swim through the inky blackness of space.

The Tadpole and the Wriggler

Known as IRAS 20324+4057 ('The Tadpole'), taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2012, shows a bright blue tadpole as it appears to swim through the inky blackness of space.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument: Hubble Space Telescope
Size: 1280 x 824
ID#: PIA18168
Added: 2014-04-14

Views: 362

The Tadpole and the Wriggler

Known as IRAS 20324+4057 ('The Tadpole'), taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2012, shows a bright blue tadpole as it appears to swim through the inky blackness of space.

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Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.
Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.

Moon or Planet? The 'Exomoon Hunt' Continues (Artist's Concept)

Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.

Target: Exoplanet
Size: 4200 x 2363
ID#: PIA17998
Added: 2014-04-10

Views: 911

Moon or Planet? The 'Exomoon Hunt' Continues (Artist's Concept)

Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.

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The galaxy NGC 4395 is shown here in infrared light, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This dwarf galaxy is relatively small in comparison with our Milky Way galaxy, which is nearly 1,000 times more massive.
The galaxy NGC 4395 is shown here in infrared light, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This dwarf galaxy is relatively small in comparison with our Milky Way galaxy, which is nearly 1,000 times more massive.

Bulgeless Galaxy Hides Black Hole

The galaxy NGC 4395 is shown here in infrared light, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This dwarf galaxy is relatively small in comparison with our Milky Way galaxy, which is nearly 1,000 times more massive.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Spitzer Space Telescope
Size: 930 x 886
ID#: PIA17997
Added: 2014-03-26

Views: 929

Bulgeless Galaxy Hides Black Hole

The galaxy NGC 4395 is shown here in infrared light, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This dwarf galaxy is relatively small in comparison with our Milky Way galaxy, which is nearly 1,000 times more massive.

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

GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

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

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Size: 14400 x 8700
ID#: PIA17996
Added: 2014-03-20

Views: 9882

GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

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

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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)
Size: 1200 x 1202
ID#: PIA17991
Added: 2014-03-07

Views: 1076

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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Magnetic loops carrying gas and dust above disks of planet-forming material circling stars are shown in this artist's conception, which NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detects as infrared light.
Magnetic loops carrying gas and dust above disks of planet-forming material circling stars are shown in this artist's conception, which NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detects as infrared light.

Loops of Gas and Dust Rise from Planetary Disks (Artist Concept)

Magnetic loops carrying gas and dust above disks of planet-forming material circling stars are shown in this artist's conception, which NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detects as infrared light.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Size: 3840 x 2160
ID#: PIA17849
Added: 2014-03-06

Views: 1378

Loops of Gas and Dust Rise from Planetary Disks (Artist Concept)

Magnetic loops carrying gas and dust above disks of planet-forming material circling stars are shown in this artist's conception, which NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detects as infrared light.

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This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.
This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.

Star System Bonanza (Illustration)

This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.

Mission: Kepler
Size: 1200 x 860
ID#: PIA17848
Added: 2014-02-26

Views: 907

Star System Bonanza (Illustration)

This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.

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

Seeing Through a Veil of Dust

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

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Size: 3900 x 2400
ID#: PIA17847
Added: 2014-02-26

Views: 1414

Seeing Through a Veil of Dust

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

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

Speedster Star Shocks the Galaxy

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

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Size: 2470 x 1880
ID#: PIA17843
Added: 2014-02-20

Views: 2296

Speedster Star Shocks the Galaxy

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

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The images at the top of this graphic represent two popular models describing how stars blast apart. The models point to different triggers of the explosion. Jet-driven models are illustrated with an artist's concept shown at left.
The images at the top of this graphic represent two popular models describing how stars blast apart. The models point to different triggers of the explosion. Jet-driven models are illustrated with an artist's concept shown at left.

NuSTAR Data Point to Sloshing Supernovas

The images at the top of this graphic represent two popular models describing how stars blast apart. The models point to different triggers of the explosion. Jet-driven models are illustrated with an artist's concept shown at left.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
Size: 3000 x 2400
ID#: PIA17846
Added: 2014-02-19

Views: 480

NuSTAR Data Point to Sloshing Supernovas

The images at the top of this graphic represent two popular models describing how stars blast apart. The models point to different triggers of the explosion. Jet-driven models are illustrated with an artist's concept shown at left.

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NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.
NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.

Sloshing Star Goes Supernova

NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.

Mission: NuSTAR
Size: 586 x 434
ID#: PIA17845
Added: 2014-02-19

Views: 521

Sloshing Star Goes Supernova

NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.

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A massive star (left), which has created elements as heavy as iron in its interior, blows up in a tremendous explosion (middle), scattering its outer layers in a structure called a supernova remnant (right).
A massive star (left), which has created elements as heavy as iron in its interior, blows up in a tremendous explosion (middle), scattering its outer layers in a structure called a supernova remnant (right).

Evolution of a Supernova

A massive star (left), which has created elements as heavy as iron in its interior, blows up in a tremendous explosion (middle), scattering its outer layers in a structure called a supernova remnant (right).

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
Size: 3000 x 2000
ID#: PIA17844
Added: 2014-02-19

Views: 574

Evolution of a Supernova

A massive star (left), which has created elements as heavy as iron in its interior, blows up in a tremendous explosion (middle), scattering its outer layers in a structure called a supernova remnant (right).

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When astronomers first looked at images of a supernova remnant called Cassiopeia A, captured by NASA's NuSTAR. The mystery of Cassiopeia A (Cas A), a massive star that exploded in a supernova more than 11,000 years ago continues to confound scientists.
When astronomers first looked at images of a supernova remnant called Cassiopeia A, captured by NASA's NuSTAR. The mystery of Cassiopeia A (Cas A), a massive star that exploded in a supernova more than 11,000 years ago continues to confound scientists.

The Case of Missing Iron in Cassiopeia A

When astronomers first looked at images of a supernova remnant called Cassiopeia A, captured by NASA's NuSTAR. The mystery of Cassiopeia A (Cas A), a massive star that exploded in a supernova more than 11,000 years ago continues to confound scientists.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
Size: 2048 x 1024
ID#: PIA17842
Added: 2014-02-19

Views: 405

The Case of Missing Iron in Cassiopeia A

When astronomers first looked at images of a supernova remnant called Cassiopeia A, captured by NASA's NuSTAR. The mystery of Cassiopeia A (Cas A), a massive star that exploded in a supernova more than 11,000 years ago continues to confound scientists.

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NASA's NuSTAR has, for the first time, imaged the radioactive 'guts' of a supernova remnant, the leftover remains of a star that exploded. The NuSTAR data are blue, and show high-energy X-rays.
NASA's NuSTAR has, for the first time, imaged the radioactive 'guts' of a supernova remnant, the leftover remains of a star that exploded. The NuSTAR data are blue, and show high-energy X-rays.

Radioactive Core of a Dead Star

NASA's NuSTAR has, for the first time, imaged the radioactive 'guts' of a supernova remnant, the leftover remains of a star that exploded. The NuSTAR data are blue, and show high-energy X-rays.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA17841
Added: 2014-02-19

Views: 1092

Radioactive Core of a Dead Star

NASA's NuSTAR has, for the first time, imaged the radioactive 'guts' of a supernova remnant, the leftover remains of a star that exploded. The NuSTAR data are blue, and show high-energy X-rays.

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This diagram illustrates why NASA's NuSTAR can see radioactivity in the remains of exploded stars for the first time. The observatory detects high-energy X-ray photons that are released by a radioactive substance called titanium-44.
This diagram illustrates why NASA's NuSTAR can see radioactivity in the remains of exploded stars for the first time. The observatory detects high-energy X-ray photons that are released by a radioactive substance called titanium-44.

The Creation of Titanium in Stars

This diagram illustrates why NASA's NuSTAR can see radioactivity in the remains of exploded stars for the first time. The observatory detects high-energy X-ray photons that are released by a radioactive substance called titanium-44.

Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
Size: 4000 x 2250
ID#: PIA17840
Added: 2014-02-19

Views: 443

The Creation of Titanium in Stars

This diagram illustrates why NASA's NuSTAR can see radioactivity in the remains of exploded stars for the first time. The observatory detects high-energy X-ray photons that are released by a radioactive substance called titanium-44.

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NASA's NuSTAR is complementing previous observations of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant (red and green) by providing the first maps of radioactive material forged in the fiery explosion (blue).
NASA's NuSTAR is complementing previous observations of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant (red and green) by providing the first maps of radioactive material forged in the fiery explosion (blue).

Adding a New 'Color' to Palate of Cassiopeia A Images

NASA's NuSTAR is complementing previous observations of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant (red and green) by providing the first maps of radioactive material forged in the fiery explosion (blue).

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
Size: 3072 x 1024
ID#: PIA17839
Added: 2014-02-19

Views: 750

Adding a New 'Color' to Palate of Cassiopeia A Images

NASA's NuSTAR is complementing previous observations of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant (red and green) by providing the first maps of radioactive material forged in the fiery explosion (blue).

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This is the first map of radioactivity in a supernova remnant, the blown-out bits and pieces of a massive star that exploded. The blue color shows radioactive material mapped in high-energy X-rays using NASA's NuSTAR.
This is the first map of radioactivity in a supernova remnant, the blown-out bits and pieces of a massive star that exploded. The blue color shows radioactive material mapped in high-energy X-rays using NASA's NuSTAR.

Untangling the Remains of Cassiopeia A

This is the first map of radioactivity in a supernova remnant, the blown-out bits and pieces of a massive star that exploded. The blue color shows radioactive material mapped in high-energy X-rays using NASA's NuSTAR.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
Size: 3000 x 3000
ID#: PIA17838
Added: 2014-02-19

Views: 5661

Untangling the Remains of Cassiopeia A

This is the first map of radioactivity in a supernova remnant, the blown-out bits and pieces of a massive star that exploded. The blue color shows radioactive material mapped in high-energy X-rays using NASA's NuSTAR.

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This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 was obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1, one of the most distant galaxy candidates known.
This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 was obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1, one of the most distant galaxy candidates known.

Pushing the Limits of the Observable Universe

This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 was obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1, one of the most distant galaxy candidates known.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope
Size: 2416 x 1080
ID#: PIA17837
Added: 2014-02-07

Views: 8450

Pushing the Limits of the Observable Universe

This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 was obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1, one of the most distant galaxy candidates known.

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This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.
This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.

Wobbly Planet Orbital Schematic (Illustration)

This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.

Mission: Kepler
Size: 3000 x 2400
ID#: PIA17836
Added: 2014-02-04

Views: 1459

Wobbly Planet Orbital Schematic (Illustration)

This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.

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This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Herbig-Haro 30, the prototype of a gas-rich 'young stellar object' disk around a star.
This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Herbig-Haro 30, the prototype of a gas-rich 'young stellar object' disk around a star.

Dark Disks Around Young Stars

This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Herbig-Haro 30, the prototype of a gas-rich 'young stellar object' disk around a star.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument: Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
Size: 1005 x 1005
ID#: PIA17835
Added: 2014-01-29

Views: 738

Dark Disks Around Young Stars

This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Herbig-Haro 30, the prototype of a gas-rich 'young stellar object' disk around a star.

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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
Size: 4095 x 4095
ID#: PIA17834
Added: 2014-01-29

Views: 6769

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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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured images of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. The infrared pictures reveal a comet that is active and very dusty.
NASA's NEOWISE mission captured images of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. The infrared pictures reveal a comet that is active and very dusty.

NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring

NASA's NEOWISE mission captured images of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. The infrared pictures reveal a comet that is active and very dusty.

Mission: NEOWISE Project
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
Size: 660 x 308
ID#: PIA17833
Added: 2014-01-28

Views: 989

NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring

NASA's NEOWISE mission captured images of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. The infrared pictures reveal a comet that is active and very dusty.

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A range of supermassive black holes lights up this new image from NASA's NuSTAR. All of the dots are active black holes tucked inside the hearts of galaxies, with colors representing different energies of X-ray light.
A range of supermassive black holes lights up this new image from NASA's NuSTAR. All of the dots are active black holes tucked inside the hearts of galaxies, with colors representing different energies of X-ray light.

Different Flavors of Black Holes

A range of supermassive black holes lights up this new image from NASA's NuSTAR. All of the dots are active black holes tucked inside the hearts of galaxies, with colors representing different energies of X-ray light.

Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: NuSTAR
Size: 3300 x 2800
ID#: PIA17567
Added: 2014-01-09

Views: 9506

Different Flavors of Black Holes

A range of supermassive black holes lights up this new image from NASA's NuSTAR. All of the dots are active black holes tucked inside the hearts of galaxies, with colors representing different energies of X-ray light.

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