The infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an action-packed picture of the nearby Small Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy that looks like a wispy cloud when seen from Earth.
From Spitzer's perch up in space, the galaxy's clouds of dust and stars come into clear view. The telescope's infrared vision reveals choppy piles of recycled stardust -- dust that is being soaked up by new star systems and blown out by old ones. (read more)