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Spitzer Space telescope. By: Daryien Golden Emily Linden. The Spitzer. Named in honor of Lyman Spitzer Infrared telescope It studies infrared light It is a basic reflecting telescope Used to get a clearer view of the wavelengths of infrared light that can be studied from earth

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spitzer space telescope

Spitzer Space telescope

By: Daryien Golden

Emily Linden

the spitzer
The Spitzer
  • Named in honor of Lyman Spitzer
  • Infrared telescope
  • It studies infrared light
  • It is a basic reflecting telescope
  • Used to get a clearer view of the wavelengths of infrared light that can be studied from earth
  • Last of four telescopes in NASA’s Great Observatories Program
spitzer s instruments
Spitzer’s instruments
  • Infrared Array Camera (IRAC): A camera that records infrared radiation
  • Infrared Spectrograph (IRS): A spectrograph that studies the make up of cosmic objects
  • Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS): The last instrument gathers pictures and information suitable for studying the distribution of dust.
spitzer discoveries
Spitzer Discoveries
  • Helix Nebula:

A so-called planetary nebula -- located around 700 light-years from Earth. A planetary nebula is the remnants of the death of a red giant star -- all that remains is a white dwarf star in the core, clouded dust.

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Spitzer Discoveries
  • Messier 78

Staring deep into the Messier 78 star-forming nebula, Spitzer sees the infrared glow of baby stars blasting cavities into the cool nebulous gas and dust.

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Spitzer Discoveries
  • RCW 120

The green-glowing infrared ring is caused by tiny dust grains called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons -- the bubble is being shaped by the powerful stellar winds emanating from the central massive O-type star.

(Polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons-are composed of more than one aromatic ring made of pentalene)

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Spitzer Discoveries
  • Tycho Supernova

This supernova is imaged by Spitzer (in infrared wavelengths) and Chandra (X-rays). The supernova's powerful shockwave is visible as the outer blue shell, emitting X-rays

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Spitzer Discoveries
  • RCW 49

Over 2,200 baby stars can be seen inside the bustling star-forming region RCW 49.

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Spitzer Discoveries
  • Zeta Ophiuchi

The giant star Zeta Ophiuchi is blasting powerful stellar winds into space, creating an impressive shock wave in the middle

works cited
Works Cited
  • "Spitzer Space Telescope." Telescope:. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2013.
  •  "Spitzer Space Telescope." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 July 2013. Web. 12 Sept. 2013.