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Jupiter's Extended Family? A Billion or More

The giant planet Jupiter could hold the secret to the formation of the solar system, of Earth itself, and of a billion or more "Jupiters" orbiting distant stars.

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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.
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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.
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Kepler Mission
The Kepler Mission will search for Earth-like planets with the "transit" method.
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Palomar Observatory
A joint effort between JPL and the California Institute of Technology, the Palomar Observatory houses a collection of famous telescopes.
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PlanetQuest web site
The latest news, images, and information about NASA's search for exoplanets and another Earth.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in its 'Beyond' mission phase. Spitzer Space Telescope Begins 'Beyond' Phase

Celebrating the spacecraft's ability to push the boundaries of space science and technology, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope team has dubbed the next phase of its journey "Beyond."

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Black-hole-powered galaxies called blazars are the most common sources detected by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. NASA's WISE, Fermi Missions Reveal a Surprising Blazar Connection

Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different wavelengths of the light they emit, the mid-infrared and gamma rays.

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This artist's impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. ESO Discovers Earth-Size Planet in Habitable Zone of Nearest Star

A newly discovered, roughly Earth-sized planet orbiting our nearest neighboring star might be habitable.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which launched Aug. 25, 2003, will begin an extended mission—the “Beyond” phase—on Oct. 1, 2016. Spitzer Beyond

This mission was designed to last at least two-and-a-half years; 13 years later, Spitzer has operated far beyond the scope of the original mission.

Crazy Engineering: Starshade/Coronagraph Crazy Engineering: Starshade/Coronagraph

Sometimes light just gets in the way. A look at two technologies that block starlight to give telescopes a better view of distant Earth-like planets.

Crazy Engineering:  The Camera that Fixed Hubble Crazy Engineering: The Camera that Fixed Hubble

When the first images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope were too blurry, JPL scientists and engineers devised a genius fix: a camera with corrective vision.

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