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Take a Virtual Trip to a Strange New World with NASA

Take a virtual trip to the imagined surfaces of planets beyond our solar system with NASA's interactive Exoplanet Travel Bureau.

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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


Cartoon drawing of What Kepler is Looking at Now Kepler Begins 18th Observing Campaign with a Focus On Star Clusters

NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft Kepler has begun the 18th observing campaign of its extended mission, K2.

Read more (May. 23)

This artist's illustration shows what the sky might look like from a planet in a particularly dusty solar system Stellar Dust Survey Paves Way for Exoplanet Missions

The Hunt for Observable Signatures of Terrestrial Systems, or HOSTS, survey was tasked with learning more about the effect of solar system dust on the search for new worlds.

Read more (Apr. 25)

A new study describes the most extreme known example of a Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars

The Kepler space telescope, famous for finding exoplanets, has also been valuable in tracking exploding stars known as supernovae.

Read more (Mar. 26)

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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.

Art of Astrophysics Art of Astrophysics

How do you visualize distant worlds that you can't see? A team of artists uses scientific data to imagine exoplanets and other astrophysical phenomena.

What's Up - June 2017 What's Up - June 2017

Plan a planet party at midnight and compare features on Jupiter and Saturn.

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