Spitzer Spots a Starry Region Bursting With Bubbles

Wind and radiation from hundreds to thousands of stars have turned this dusty region into cosmic Swiss cheese, filling it with dozens of bubbles.

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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

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

x-ray image of Black Hole taken by Chandra space  telescope Found: Three Black Holes on Collision Course

Several observatories, including NASA's WISE and NuSTAR, captured three giant black holes within a titanic collision of galaxies.

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An optical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory WFIRST Space Telescope Fitted for 'Starglasses'

The ongoing search for planets around other stars will get a boost from a new NASA telescope, thanks to a cutting-edge iteration of an instrument called a coronagraph.

Read more (Sep. 24)

This artist's conception illustrates one of the most primitive supermassive black holes Black Hole Seeds Missing in Cosmic Garden

How do the most monstrous black holes in the universe form? It's a mystery that could be solved by slightly smaller black holes - but there's no firm evidence they exist.

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Stars of Cepheus as Seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Soar through this cosmic landscape filled with bright nebulas, as well as runaway, massive and young stars.

Galaxy 15 Years in Space: Spitzer Space Telescope

Initially scheduled for a 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime -- and is still going strong after 15 years.

Four Years of NEOWISE Asteroid Data NEOWISE: Four Years of Asteroid and Comet Data

NASA's asteroid-hunting NEOWISE survey has observed or detected more than 29,000 asteroids in infrared light.

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