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55 Cancri e with Atmosphere (Artist's Concept)

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2017-11-16

Spitzer Space Telescope

PIA22069

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55 Cancri e with Atmosphere (Artist's Concept)

The super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cancri e, depicted with its star in this artist's concept, likely has an atmosphere thicker than Earth's but with ingredients that could be similar to those of Earth's atmosphere.

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Black Hole With Jet (Artist's Concept)

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2017-11-02

NuSTAR

PIA22085

950

Black Hole With Jet (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk -- a flat structure of material orbiting the black hole -- and a jet of hot gas, called plasma.

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Polluted White Dwarf (Artist's Concept)

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2017-11-01

Spitzer Space Telescope, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

PIA22084

651

Polluted White Dwarf (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows an exoplanet and debris disk orbiting a polluted white dwarf. White dwarfs are dim, dense remnants of stars similar to the Sun that have exhausted their nuclear fuel and blown off their outer layers.

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Spitzer Observes Neutron Star Collision

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2017-10-16

NGC 4993

Spitzer Space Telescope

Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)

PIA21910

1358

Spitzer Observes Neutron Star Collision

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has provisionally detected the faint afterglow of the explosive merger of two neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993.

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Giant Exoplanet and Debris Disk (Artist's Concept)

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2017-10-11

PIA22082

1137

Giant Exoplanet and Debris Disk (Artist's Concept)

This artist's rendering shows a large exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust.

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Tabby's Star (Illustration)

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2017-10-04

Spitzer Space Telescope

PIA22081

2028

Tabby's Star (Illustration)

This illustration depicts a hypothetical uneven ring of dust orbiting KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian's Star or Tabby's Star.

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Brown Dwarf Weather (Artist's Concept)

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2017-08-17

Spitzer Space Telescope

PIA21752

2038

Brown Dwarf Weather (Artist's Concept)

By using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found that the varying glow of brown dwarfs over time can be explained by bands of patchy clouds rotating at different speeds, as shown in this artist's concept.

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TRAPPIST-1 System - Artist Concept

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2017-08-11

Spitzer Space Telescope

TRAPPIST

PIA21751

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TRAPPIST-1 System - Artist Concept

This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right).

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Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Single Object

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2017-08-03

2014 MU69

New Horizons

PIA21868

975

Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Single Object

Artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, which is the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.

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A Kuiper Belt Pair? Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Binary Object

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2017-08-03

2014 MU69

New Horizons

PIA21867

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A Kuiper Belt Pair? Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Binary Object

This is one artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.

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