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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) telescope in red, green and blue.
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) telescope in red, green and blue.

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) telescope in red, green and blue.

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

Views: 564

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) telescope in red, green and blue.

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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.

Ring of Stellar Fire

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.

Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA18847
Added: 2014-10-22

Views: 668

Ring of Stellar Fire

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.

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A small galaxy, called Sextans A, is shown here in a multi-wavelength mosaic captured by the ESA's Herschel mission. In this image, the purple shows gas; blue shows young stars and the orange and yellow dots are newly formed stars heating up dust.
A small galaxy, called Sextans A, is shown here in a multi-wavelength mosaic captured by the ESA's Herschel mission. In this image, the purple shows gas; blue shows young stars and the orange and yellow dots are newly formed stars heating up dust.

Sluggish Galaxy Grows Stars Slowly

A small galaxy, called Sextans A, is shown here in a multi-wavelength mosaic captured by the ESA's Herschel mission. In this image, the purple shows gas; blue shows young stars and the orange and yellow dots are newly formed stars heating up dust.

Mission: Herschel Space Observatory
ID#: PIA18846
Added: 2014-10-15

Views: 1514

Sluggish Galaxy Grows Stars Slowly

A small galaxy, called Sextans A, is shown here in a multi-wavelength mosaic captured by the ESA's Herschel mission. In this image, the purple shows gas; blue shows young stars and the orange and yellow dots are newly formed stars heating up dust.

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This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.
This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.

Beacons of X-ray Light (Animation)

This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18845
Added: 2014-10-08

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Beacons of X-ray Light (Animation)

This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.

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NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.
NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.

Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in M82 Galaxy

NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18844
Added: 2014-10-08

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Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in M82 Galaxy

NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.

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The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.
The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.

NuSTAR Captures the Beat of a Dead Star (Animation)

The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18843
Added: 2014-10-08

Views: 1068

NuSTAR Captures the Beat of a Dead Star (Animation)

The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.

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This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.
This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.

Mass Chart for Dead Stars and Black Holes

This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18842
Added: 2014-10-08

Views: 968

Mass Chart for Dead Stars and Black Holes

This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.

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The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.
The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.

NuSTAR Finds a Pulse in Cigar Galaxy

The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18841
Added: 2014-10-08

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NuSTAR Finds a Pulse in Cigar Galaxy

The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.

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The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.
The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.

Galaxy in Different Lights

The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.

Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18840
Added: 2014-10-08

Views: 958

Galaxy in Different Lights

The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.

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A plot of the transmission spectrum for exoplanet HAT-P-11b, with data from NASA's Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer observatories combined. The results show a robust detection of water absorption in the Hubble data.
A plot of the transmission spectrum for exoplanet HAT-P-11b, with data from NASA's Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer observatories combined. The results show a robust detection of water absorption in the Hubble data.

Transmission Spectrum of HAT-P-11b

A plot of the transmission spectrum for exoplanet HAT-P-11b, with data from NASA's Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer observatories combined. The results show a robust detection of water absorption in the Hubble data.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18839
Added: 2014-09-24

Views: 538

Transmission Spectrum of HAT-P-11b

A plot of the transmission spectrum for exoplanet HAT-P-11b, with data from NASA's Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer observatories combined. The results show a robust detection of water absorption in the Hubble data.

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Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the combined power of NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes.
Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the combined power of NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes.

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets (Artist's Concept)

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the combined power of NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18838
Added: 2014-09-24

Views: 750

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets (Artist's Concept)

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the combined power of NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes.

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A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such crossings, or transits, are observed by telescopes like NASA's Hubble and Spitzer to glean information about planets' atmospheres.
A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such crossings, or transits, are observed by telescopes like NASA's Hubble and Spitzer to glean information about planets' atmospheres.

Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim (Artist's Concept)

A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such crossings, or transits, are observed by telescopes like NASA's Hubble and Spitzer to glean information about planets' atmospheres.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18837
Added: 2014-09-24

Views: 696

Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim (Artist's Concept)

A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such crossings, or transits, are observed by telescopes like NASA's Hubble and Spitzer to glean information about planets' atmospheres.

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This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2, shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). Its unusual shape is caused by its interactions with the smaller galaxy that can be seen just above NGC 6872.
This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2, shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). Its unusual shape is caused by its interactions with the smaller galaxy that can be seen just above NGC 6872.

Hubble Feathers the Peacock

This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2, shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). Its unusual shape is caused by its interactions with the smaller galaxy that can be seen just above NGC 6872.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument: Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
ID#: PIA17808
Added: 2014-09-19

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Hubble Feathers the Peacock

This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2, shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). Its unusual shape is caused by its interactions with the smaller galaxy that can be seen just above NGC 6872.

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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

Views: 642

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: 1921

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: 2096

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: 2740

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: 1166

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: 8077

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: 7198

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: 959

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: 589

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: 1924

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: 15210

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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