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This image from an animation shows the merger of two white dwarfs. A white dwarf is an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.
This image from an animation shows the merger of two white dwarfs. A white dwarf is an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Merger)

This image from an animation shows the merger of two white dwarfs. A white dwarf is an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA22353
Added: 2018-03-26

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Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Merger)

This image from an animation shows the merger of two white dwarfs. A white dwarf is an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.

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This image from an animation shows the explosion of a white dwarf, an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.
This image from an animation shows the explosion of a white dwarf, an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Stealing Matter)

This image from an animation shows the explosion of a white dwarf, an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA22352
Added: 2018-03-26

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Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Stealing Matter)

This image from an animation shows the explosion of a white dwarf, an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.

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This image from an animation shows a kind of stellar explosion called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient. In this case, a giant star 'burp' out a shell of gas and dust about a year before exploding.
This image from an animation shows a kind of stellar explosion called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient. In this case, a giant star 'burp' out a shell of gas and dust about a year before exploding.

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Felt Supernova)

This image from an animation shows a kind of stellar explosion called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient. In this case, a giant star 'burp' out a shell of gas and dust about a year before exploding.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA22351
Added: 2018-03-26

Views: 1271

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Felt Supernova)

This image from an animation shows a kind of stellar explosion called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient. In this case, a giant star 'burp' out a shell of gas and dust about a year before exploding.

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This image from an animation shows a gigantic star exploding in a 'core collapse' supernova. As molecules fuse inside the star, eventually the star can't support its own weight anymore.
This image from an animation shows a gigantic star exploding in a 'core collapse' supernova. As molecules fuse inside the star, eventually the star can't support its own weight anymore.

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Core Collapse Supernova)

This image from an animation shows a gigantic star exploding in a 'core collapse' supernova. As molecules fuse inside the star, eventually the star can't support its own weight anymore.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA22350
Added: 2018-03-26

Views: 833

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Core Collapse Supernova)

This image from an animation shows a gigantic star exploding in a 'core collapse' supernova. As molecules fuse inside the star, eventually the star can't support its own weight anymore.

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This artist concept shows the K2-138 system, the first multi-planet system discovered by citizen scientists.
This artist concept shows the K2-138 system, the first multi-planet system discovered by citizen scientists.

Kepler K2-138 System (Artist's Concept)

This artist concept shows the K2-138 system, the first multi-planet system discovered by citizen scientists.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA22088
Added: 2018-01-11

Views: 4751

Kepler K2-138 System (Artist's Concept)

This artist concept shows the K2-138 system, the first multi-planet system discovered by citizen scientists.

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With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept compared with our own solar system.
With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept compared with our own solar system.

Kepler-90 System Compared to Our Solar System (Artist's Concept)

With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept compared with our own solar system.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA22193
Added: 2017-12-14

Views: 8160

Kepler-90 System Compared to Our Solar System (Artist's Concept)

With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept compared with our own solar system.

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With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept.
With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept.

Kepler-90 system (Artist's Concept)

With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA22192
Added: 2017-12-14

Views: 2166

Kepler-90 system (Artist's Concept)

With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept.

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This artist's concept shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B.
This artist's concept shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B.

Water World Artist Concept

This artist's concept shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA21470
Added: 2017-04-12

Views: 2713

Water World Artist Concept

This artist's concept shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B.

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This artist's concept depicts 'heartbeat stars,' which have been detected by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Two heartbeat stars are seen swerving close to one another in their closest approach along their highly elongated orbits around one another.
This artist's concept depicts 'heartbeat stars,' which have been detected by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Two heartbeat stars are seen swerving close to one another in their closest approach along their highly elongated orbits around one another.

Heartbeat Stars (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept depicts 'heartbeat stars,' which have been detected by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Two heartbeat stars are seen swerving close to one another in their closest approach along their highly elongated orbits around one another.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA21075
Added: 2016-10-21

Views: 2456

Heartbeat Stars (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept depicts 'heartbeat stars,' which have been detected by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Two heartbeat stars are seen swerving close to one another in their closest approach along their highly elongated orbits around one another.

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This illustration based on computer modeling and data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, represents how hot Jupiters of different temperatures and different cloud compositions might appear while flying over the dayside of these planets on a spaceship.
This illustration based on computer modeling and data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, represents how hot Jupiters of different temperatures and different cloud compositions might appear while flying over the dayside of these planets on a spaceship.

Clouds on Hot Jupiters (Illustration)

This illustration based on computer modeling and data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, represents how hot Jupiters of different temperatures and different cloud compositions might appear while flying over the dayside of these planets on a spaceship.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA21074
Added: 2016-10-18

Views: 3377

Clouds on Hot Jupiters (Illustration)

This illustration based on computer modeling and data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, represents how hot Jupiters of different temperatures and different cloud compositions might appear while flying over the dayside of these planets on a spaceship.

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NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.

Comet 67P Seen by Kepler

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.

Target: Comet
Mission: Kepler, Rosetta
ID#: PIA21072
Added: 2016-10-07

Views: 2396

Comet 67P Seen by Kepler

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.

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A crop of more than 100 planets, discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, includes four in Earth's size-range orbiting a single dwarf star.
A crop of more than 100 planets, discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, includes four in Earth's size-range orbiting a single dwarf star.

K2 Finds Earth-Sized Planets (Artist's Concept)

A crop of more than 100 planets, discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, includes four in Earth's size-range orbiting a single dwarf star.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20698
Added: 2016-07-18

Views: 2748

K2 Finds Earth-Sized Planets (Artist's Concept)

A crop of more than 100 planets, discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, includes four in Earth's size-range orbiting a single dwarf star.

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When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist's animation)

When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20692
Added: 2016-06-20

Views: 4148

Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist's animation)

When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

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This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Comparing K2-33 to our Solar System

This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20691
Added: 2016-06-20

Views: 3010

Comparing K2-33 to our Solar System

This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

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K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Exoplanet Orbits Youthful Star (Artist's Concept)

K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20690
Added: 2016-06-20

Views: 7238

Exoplanet Orbits Youthful Star (Artist's Concept)

K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

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In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Map of Exoplanet Search Areas

In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20070
Added: 2016-04-07

Views: 4231

Map of Exoplanet Search Areas

In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

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The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.
The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.

Caught: A Supernova Shock Breakout (Artist Concept)

The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA20065
Added: 2016-03-21

Views: 4248

Caught: A Supernova Shock Breakout (Artist Concept)

The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.

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This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thought to be similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Scientists discovered it using NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thought to be similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Scientists discovered it using NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.

Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm (Artist's Concept)

This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thought to be similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Scientists discovered it using NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.

Mission: Kepler, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20055
Added: 2015-12-10

Views: 5358

Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm (Artist's Concept)

This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thought to be similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Scientists discovered it using NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.

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Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, this artist's concept shows a star behind a shattered comet.
Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, this artist's concept shows a star behind a shattered comet.

Swarm of Comets (Artist's Concept)

Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, this artist's concept shows a star behind a shattered comet.

Mission: Kepler, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA20053
Added: 2015-11-24

Views: 4861

Swarm of Comets (Artist's Concept)

Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, this artist's concept shows a star behind a shattered comet.

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A newly discovered exoplanet, Kepler-452b, comes the closest of any found so far to matching our Earth-sun system.
A newly discovered exoplanet, Kepler-452b, comes the closest of any found so far to matching our Earth-sun system.

Pantheon of Planets Similar to Earth (Artist's Concept)

A newly discovered exoplanet, Kepler-452b, comes the closest of any found so far to matching our Earth-sun system.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA19830
Added: 2015-07-23

Views: 3922

Pantheon of Planets Similar to Earth (Artist's Concept)

A newly discovered exoplanet, Kepler-452b, comes the closest of any found so far to matching our Earth-sun system.

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Of the 1,030 confirmed planets from Kepler, a dozen are less than twice the size of Earth and reside in the habitable zone of their host stars. In this diagram, the sizes of the exoplanets are represented by the size of each sphere.
Of the 1,030 confirmed planets from Kepler, a dozen are less than twice the size of Earth and reside in the habitable zone of their host stars. In this diagram, the sizes of the exoplanets are represented by the size of each sphere.

Kepler's Small Habitable Zone Planets

Of the 1,030 confirmed planets from Kepler, a dozen are less than twice the size of Earth and reside in the habitable zone of their host stars. In this diagram, the sizes of the exoplanets are represented by the size of each sphere.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA19827
Added: 2015-07-23

Views: 4087

Kepler's Small Habitable Zone Planets

Of the 1,030 confirmed planets from Kepler, a dozen are less than twice the size of Earth and reside in the habitable zone of their host stars. In this diagram, the sizes of the exoplanets are represented by the size of each sphere.

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This size and scale of the Kepler-452 system compared alongside the Kepler-186 system and the solar system. Kepler-186 is a miniature solar system that would fit entirely inside the orbit of Mercury.
This size and scale of the Kepler-452 system compared alongside the Kepler-186 system and the solar system. Kepler-186 is a miniature solar system that would fit entirely inside the orbit of Mercury.

Planetary System Comparisons

This size and scale of the Kepler-452 system compared alongside the Kepler-186 system and the solar system. Kepler-186 is a miniature solar system that would fit entirely inside the orbit of Mercury.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA19826
Added: 2015-07-23

Views: 3304

Planetary System Comparisons

This size and scale of the Kepler-452 system compared alongside the Kepler-186 system and the solar system. Kepler-186 is a miniature solar system that would fit entirely inside the orbit of Mercury.

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Scientists used data from NASA's Kepler mission in this artist's concept confirming the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.
Scientists used data from NASA's Kepler mission in this artist's concept confirming the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.

Earth's Bigger, Older Cousin (Artist's Concept)

Scientists used data from NASA's Kepler mission in this artist's concept confirming the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA19825
Added: 2015-07-23

Views: 2972

Earth's Bigger, Older Cousin (Artist's Concept)

Scientists used data from NASA's Kepler mission in this artist's concept confirming the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.

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This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.
This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.

Soaking up the Rays of a Sun-like Star (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA19824
Added: 2015-07-23

Views: 3524

Soaking up the Rays of a Sun-like Star (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.

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The tightly packed system, named Kepler-444, is home to five small planets in very compact orbits. The planets were detected from the dimming that occurs when they transit the disk of their parent star, as shown in this artist's conception.
The tightly packed system, named Kepler-444, is home to five small planets in very compact orbits. The planets were detected from the dimming that occurs when they transit the disk of their parent star, as shown in this artist's conception.

Kepler-444 Planetary System (Artist Concept)

The tightly packed system, named Kepler-444, is home to five small planets in very compact orbits. The planets were detected from the dimming that occurs when they transit the disk of their parent star, as shown in this artist's conception.

Mission: Kepler
ID#: PIA18910
Added: 2015-01-28

Views: 2712

Kepler-444 Planetary System (Artist Concept)

The tightly packed system, named Kepler-444, is home to five small planets in very compact orbits. The planets were detected from the dimming that occurs when they transit the disk of their parent star, as shown in this artist's conception.

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