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Pulse of a Dead Star Powers Intense Gamma Rays

When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don't fade into the night, but sometimes glow ferociously with high-energy gamma rays.

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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.
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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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Scientists Spitzer's SPLASH Project Dives Deep for Galaxies

Astronomers "fishing" for galaxies turn up surprisingly massive catch.

Read more (Sep. 9)

Building Planets Through Collisions NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids.

Read more (Aug. 28)

A Cauldron of Star Birth in the Center of a Young Galaxy NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction.

Read more (Aug. 27)

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360-Degree View of the Milky Way 360-Degree View of the Milky Way

This video shows a continually-looping infrared view of our Milky Way galaxy, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Flower Power Starshade Unfurls in Space Flower Power Starshade Unfurls in Space

This animation shows the prototype starshade, a giant structure designed to block the glare of stars so that future space telescopes can take pictures of planets.

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Sloshing Star Goes Supernova Sloshing Star Goes Supernova

NuSTAR is showing that exploding stars slosh around before blasting apart. This 3-D computer simulation demonstrates how the supernova explosion might look.

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