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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

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes combined to make these shape-shifting galaxies taking on the form of a giant mask. The icy blue eyes are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the mask is their spiral arms.
NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes combined to make these shape-shifting galaxies taking on the form of a giant mask. The icy blue eyes are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the mask is their spiral arms.

Eyes in the Sky

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

In this new view of the Andromeda, also known as M31, galaxy from the Herschel space observatory, cool lanes of forming stars are revealed in the finest detail yet.
In this new view of the Andromeda, also known as M31, galaxy from the Herschel space observatory, cool lanes of forming stars are revealed in the finest detail yet.

Cool Andromeda

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

X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.
X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.

Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays

Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Stuck on the Rings

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a bright feature interpreted as the United Kingdom's Beagle 2 Lander, which was never heard from after its expected December 25, 2003, landing.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a bright feature interpreted as the United Kingdom's Beagle 2 Lander, which was never heard from after its expected December 25, 2003, landing.

Beagle 2 Lander Observed by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

This scene from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity looks upward at 'Knudsen Ridge' on the southern edge of 'Marathon Valley' from inside the valley.
This scene from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity looks upward at 'Knudsen Ridge' on the southern edge of 'Marathon Valley' from inside the valley.

Steep 'Knudsen Ridge' Along 'Marathon Valley' on Mars

Charon's color palette is not as diverse as Pluto's; most striking is the reddish north (top) polar region, informally named Mordor Macula, as seen by NASA's New Horizons.
Charon's color palette is not as diverse as Pluto's; most striking is the reddish north (top) polar region, informally named Mordor Macula, as seen by NASA's New Horizons.

Charon in Enhanced Color

The structure of the Sun's corona shows well in this image from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO).
The structure of the Sun's corona shows well in this image from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO).

Full Disk Image of the Sun, March 26, 2007

This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.

Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her

Seen as a red dusty cloud in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Puppis A is the remnant of a supernova explosion.
Seen as a red dusty cloud in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Puppis A is the remnant of a supernova explosion.

Ancient Supernova Revealed

A swing high above Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed this stately view of the golden-hued planet and its main rings. Saturn sports differently colored bands of weather in this image.
A swing high above Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed this stately view of the golden-hued planet and its main rings. Saturn sports differently colored bands of weather in this image.

Jewel of the Solar System

Galaxy NGC 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
Galaxy NGC 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

NuSTAR's View of Galaxy NGC 1068

This composite image of NGC 2207 and IC 2163 contains data from Chandra, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
This composite image of NGC 2207 and IC 2163 contains data from Chandra, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Galactic Gathering Gives Impressive Light Display

This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called 'Buckskin' on lower Mount Sharp.
This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called 'Buckskin' on lower Mount Sharp.

Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie

A chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this postcard from NASA's Curiosity rover. The image shows the base of Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual science destination.
A chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this postcard from NASA's Curiosity rover. The image shows the base of Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual science destination.

Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp

The real monster black hole is revealed in this image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299.
The real monster black hole is revealed in this image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299.

Tale of Two Black Holes

The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The Rose

The Curiosity rover used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture a set of 55 high resolution images, which were stitched together to create a full-color self-portrait.
The Curiosity rover used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture a set of 55 high resolution images, which were stitched together to create a full-color self-portrait.

High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera

Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.
Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.

Dark Side of the Moon: Enceladus

Prior to launch, the team laid out the parachute and hang lines in front of SPIDER, seen in the distance. The long-duration balloon that would carry SPIDER into the sky is attached to the end of the parachute shown here in the foreground.
Prior to launch, the team laid out the parachute and hang lines in front of SPIDER, seen in the distance. The long-duration balloon that would carry SPIDER into the sky is attached to the end of the parachute shown here in the foreground.

SPIDER Readied for Launch

A quartet of Saturn's moons, from tiny to huge, surround and are embedded within the planet's rings in this Cassini composition. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in the background, and the moon's north polar hood is clearly visible.
A quartet of Saturn's moons, from tiny to huge, surround and are embedded within the planet's rings in this Cassini composition. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in the background, and the moon's north polar hood is clearly visible.

In, Around, Beyond Rings

The Cassini spacecraft takes an angled view toward Saturn, showing the southern reaches of the planet with the rings on a dramatic diagonal. The moon Enceladus appears as a small, bright speck in the lower left of the image.
The Cassini spacecraft takes an angled view toward Saturn, showing the southern reaches of the planet with the rings on a dramatic diagonal. The moon Enceladus appears as a small, bright speck in the lower left of the image.

Angling Saturn

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