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The Crab Nebula is one of the most intricately structured and highly 
dynamical objects ever observed. The new Hubble image of the Crab was 
assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble 
Space Telescope
The Crab Nebula is one of the most intricately structured and highly 
dynamical objects ever observed. The new Hubble image of the Crab was 
assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble 
Space Telescope

Most Detailed Image of the Crab Nebula

The big Hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. The long-wavelength image shows most of the constellation Orion, highlighting turbid clouds of cold material.
The big Hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. The long-wavelength image shows most of the constellation Orion, highlighting turbid clouds of cold material.

Planck's View of Orion

The many 'personalities' of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope.
The many 'personalities' of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope.

Amazing Andromeda Galaxy

The Cassiopeia A supernova's first flash of radiation makes six clumps of dust (circled in annotated version) unusually hot. The supernova remnant is the large white ball in the center. This infrared picture was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The Cassiopeia A supernova's first flash of radiation makes six clumps of dust (circled in annotated version) unusually hot. The supernova remnant is the large white ball in the center. This infrared picture was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Supernova Flashback

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a bow shock around a very young star in the nearby Orion nebula, an intense star-forming region of gas and dust.
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a bow shock around a very young star in the nearby Orion nebula, an intense star-forming region of gas and dust.

Orion Nebula and Bow Shock

This visible-light view from from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope highlights the bright M17 nebula, as well as the glowing hot gas filling the 'bubble' to its left.
This visible-light view from from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope highlights the bright M17 nebula, as well as the glowing hot gas filling the 'bubble' to its left.

Dragon's Lair

A close-up view of a star racing through space faster than a speeding bullet can be seen in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The star is called Mira (pronounced My-rah).
A close-up view of a star racing through space faster than a speeding bullet can be seen in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The star is called Mira (pronounced My-rah).

Anatomy of a Shooting Star

This composite image represent views of Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation.
This composite image represent views of Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation.

Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A View from Spitzer Space Telescope

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars

Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars

Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head

This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of a diverse group of galaxy types. NGC 3190 is a dusty edge on spiral galaxy. NGC 3187 is highly distorted.
This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of a diverse group of galaxy types. NGC 3190 is a dusty edge on spiral galaxy. NGC 3187 is highly distorted.

Diverse Group of Galaxy Types, NGC 3190 Field

Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This nebula is about 407 light years away from Earth.
Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This nebula is about 407 light years away from Earth.

Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust

This image composite outlines the region near Orion's sword that was surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (white box). The Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, is the brightest spot near the hunter's sword.
This image composite outlines the region near Orion's sword that was surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (white box). The Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, is the brightest spot near the hunter's sword.

Infrared Spotlight on Orion's Sword

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows young stars plus diffuse emission from dust. The Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active regions of ongoing star formation.
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows young stars plus diffuse emission from dust. The Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active regions of ongoing star formation.

Infrared Coronet Cluster

This ultraviolet image (left) and visual image (right) from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the irregular dwarf galaxy IC 1613.
This ultraviolet image (left) and visual image (right) from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the irregular dwarf galaxy IC 1613.

Irregular Dwarf Galaxy IC 1613

This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the large face on spiral galaxy NGC 3344. The inner spiral arms are wrapped so tightly that they are difficult to distinguish.
This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the large face on spiral galaxy NGC 3344. The inner spiral arms are wrapped so tightly that they are difficult to distinguish.

Large Face on Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344

This artist's concept shows the smallest star known to host a planet. The planet, called VB 10b, was discovered using astrometry, a method in which the wobble induced by a planet on its star is measured precisely on the sky.
This artist's concept shows the smallest star known to host a planet. The planet, called VB 10b, was discovered using astrometry, a method in which the wobble induced by a planet on its star is measured precisely on the sky.

A Planet as Big as its Star

This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rocky Earth-like planet is forming around one of the stars.
This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rocky Earth-like planet is forming around one of the stars.

Birth of an Earth-like Planet (Artist concept)

This enhanced image from the far-ultraviolet detector on NASA's Galaxy Evolution shows a ghostly shell of ionized gas around Z Camelopardalis, a binary, or double-star system featuring a collapsed, dead star known as a white dwarf, and a companion star.
This enhanced image from the far-ultraviolet detector on NASA's Galaxy Evolution shows a ghostly shell of ionized gas around Z Camelopardalis, a binary, or double-star system featuring a collapsed, dead star known as a white dwarf, and a companion star.

Ghostly Remnant of an Explosive Past

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a galaxy that appears to be sizzling hot, with huge plumes of smoke swirling around it. The galaxy is known as Messier 82 or the 'Cigar galaxy.'
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a galaxy that appears to be sizzling hot, with huge plumes of smoke swirling around it. The galaxy is known as Messier 82 or the 'Cigar galaxy.'

Smokin' Hot Galaxy (animation)

This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredients of DNA and protein are concentrated in a dusty planet-forming disk circling a young sun-like star called IRS 46.
This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredients of DNA and protein are concentrated in a dusty planet-forming disk circling a young sun-like star called IRS 46.

Life's Starting Materials Found in Dusty Disk

This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A). This unusual galaxy is believed to be the result of a collision of two normal galaxies.
This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A). This unusual galaxy is believed to be the result of a collision of two normal galaxies.

NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A)

This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the comet Encke riding along its pebbly trail of debris (long diagonal line) between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the comet Encke riding along its pebbly trail of debris (long diagonal line) between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Riding a Trail of Debris

This artist's concept illustrates one possible answer to the puzzle of the 'giant galactic blobs.' NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on one well-known blob located 11 billion light-years away.
This artist's concept illustrates one possible answer to the puzzle of the 'giant galactic blobs.' NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on one well-known blob located 11 billion light-years away.

At the Heart of Blobs (Artist Concept)

This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dying star (center) surrounded by a cloud of glowing gas and dust.
This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dying star (center) surrounded by a cloud of glowing gas and dust.

Ring of Stellar Death

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