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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Ends Mission of Astronomical Discovery

For more than 16 years, the infrared observatory revealed new wonders in our solar system, our galaxy and beyond. Its legacy lays the groundwork for future infrared explorers.

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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


Tarantula nebula Tarantula Nebula Spins Web of Mystery in Spitzer Image

This spidery cloud of gas and dust is home to seveal fascinating features. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope first observed the region in 2003, again in 2019, and many times in between.

Read more (Jan. 27)

Artist's rendering of a For Hottest Planet, a Major Meltdown, Study Shows

In the scorching atmosphere of exoplanet KELT-9b, even molecules are torn to shreds.

Read more (Jan. 24)

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope launches How NASA's Webb Telescope Will Continue Spitzer's Legacy

While the Spitzer Space Telescope is headed for retirement, many of its breakthroughs will be studied more precisely with NASA's forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

Read more (Jan. 22)

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Artist concept of Spitzer NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope: Unveiling the Universe

After 16 years of unveiling the infrared universe, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has left a singular legacy.

NEID NASA's New Planet Tracker, NEID

A new NASA-funded planet-hunting instrument has been installed on the WIYN telescope, on Arizona’s Kitt Peak.

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.

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