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Living on the Edge: Stars Found Far from Galaxy Center

Data from NASA's WISE mission have led to the discovery of two clusters of newborn stars thousands of light-years below the plane of our galaxy.

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Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

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. In this plot, infrared brightness is represented on the vertical axis, and time on the horizontal axis.

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Astrophysics Missions

Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Uses ultraviolet wavelengths to measure the history of star formation 80 percent of the way back to the Big Bang.
Mission home page

Exoplanet
Updates, documents, and in-depth information about NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program.
Exoplanet web site

Keck Interferometer
Links two 10-meter (33-foot) telescopes, which form the world's most powerful optical telescope system.
Telescope home page

Kepler Mission
The Kepler Mission will search for Earth-like planets with the "transit" method.
Kepler home page

Palomar Observatory
A joint effort between JPL and the California Institute of Technology, the Palomar Observatory houses a collection of famous telescopes.
Palomar home page

PlanetQuest web site
The latest news, images, and information about NASA's search for exoplanets and another Earth.
PlanetQuest web site

Spitzer Space Telescope
Uses infrared technology to study celestial objects that are too cool, too dust-enshrouded or too far away to otherwise be seen.
Mission home page

Voyager to the Outer Planets
Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
Mission home page

Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE is mapping the entire sky in infrared light, uncovering the coolest stars, the universe's most luminous galaxies and some of the darkest near-Earth asteroids and comets.
Mission home page


How Black Hole Winds Blow NASA, ESA Telescopes Give Shape to Furious Black Hole Winds

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA's (European Space Agency) XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions -- a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now.

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Smile, and the Universe Smiles With You Smile, and the Universe Smiles With You

An upbeat-looking galaxy cluster appears to smile at us in a newly released image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

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A festive portrait of our Milky Way galaxy shows a mishmash of gas, charged particles and several types of dust. Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe

New data from Planck are helping scientists better understand the history and fabric of our universe, as well as our own Milky Way galaxy.

Read more (Feb. 5)

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Q and Alien: What’s in an Exoplanet Name? Q and Alien: What's in an Exoplanet Name?

Exoplanets can be pretty weird places, but do their names have to be so weird, too? Watch and learn how the scientific community determines and categorizes these unique planets.

NASA Rocket Experiment Finds Flood of Cosmic Light

The CIBER rocket experiments have detected what appears to be an infrared glow from these stranded stars on large scales across our sky.

360-Degree View of the Milky Way 360-Degree View of the Milky Way

This video shows a continually-looping infrared view of our Milky Way galaxy, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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