10 Mind-Bending Photos From The Spitzer Telescope
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
As the fourth Great Observatory to enter into space, Spitzer has studied comets and asteroids, counted stars, and most notably, discovered "buckyballs" — soccer-ball-shaped carbon spheres crucial to star birth. The
This infrared image shows a Helix nebula 700 light years away from Earth in the constellation Aquarius.
The Carina nebula, shown below, contains Eta Carinae, a massive star around 100 times the size of the sun.Advertisement
Two extremely bright stars omit a greenish fog, comprised of carbon and hydrogen compounds found right here on Earth in vehicle exhaust.
This formation, overtaking the Crab nebula, represents the leftovers from a star's spectacular death in Taurus in 1054 A.D.Advertisement
This photo of Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud contains more than 300 newborn stars. It's one of the closest star-forming regions to our own solar system.
The "flames" in this Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy are actually giant ripples of dust, spanning hundreds of light years.Advertisement
Spitzer caught these two "antennae" galaxies entangled with each other.
Powerful winds and intense radiation surrounding high mass stars create large columns of gas and dust, seen on the sides of the photo.Advertisement
M33 is one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors, located about 2.9 million light years away.
Here, new stars "hatch" from the constellation Orion's head. Astronomers suspect shock waves from a supernova nearly three million years ago initiated the birth.Advertisement
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