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Gallery: The Infrared Universe Seen by Spitzer Telescope

Comet Breakup Points to Possible Meteor Shower in 2022


Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 image from taken from May 4 to 6 shows at least distinct 36 fragments.

Altered Images


Thursday, February 17, 2011: NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a new infrared view of the North American nebula — but where's the continent? Since infrared light can penetrate dust, while visible light cannot, the picture of the nebula that usually resembles the continent of North America (see image for comparison) changes completely. Dusty, dark clouds in the visible image vanish in Spitzer's view. In addition, Spitzer's infrared detectors display the glow of dusty cocoons enveloping baby stars. Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) appear throughout the image.

--Tom Chao

3 Telescopes Combine for Stunning Milky Way Photo


In this spectacular image, observations using infrared light and X-ray light see through the obscuring dust and reveal the intense activity near the galactic core of the Milky Way. The image combines pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Andromeda Revealed: New Closeups of Our Galactic Neighbor

P. Barmby/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA/NASA/JPL-Caltech

The top image in this infrared composite shot from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope highlights the contrast between the galaxy's choppy waves of dust (red) and smooth sea of older stars (blue). The panels below the main image show the galaxy's dust (left) and older stars (right) separately.

Inseok Song/Digital Sky Survey, inset: Gemini Observatory/Lynette Cook

Color composite image of the Pleiades star cluster and surrounding region produced by Inseok Song of the Spitzer Science Center. The image was created by combining B, R and I band images from individual second generation Digital Sky Survey images into blue, green and red image layers, respectively. The location of HD 23514 is shown by the yellow arrow.

Galaxy Blasts Neighbor with Deadly Jet

X-ray: NASA/ CXC/ CfA/ D.Evans et al.; Optical/UV: NASA/ STScI; Radio: NSF/ VLA/ CfA/ D.Evans et al., STFC/ JBO/ MERLIN

A powerful jet from a supermassive black hole is blasting a nearby galaxy in the system known as 3C321, according to new results from NASA. This galactic violence, never seen before, could have a profound effect on any planets in the path of the jet and trigger a burst of star formation in the wake of its destruction.

Glowing Results: Rampant Star Birth Left Universal Imprint

A fuzzy image from the SCUBA camera (left), and the corresponding view from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (right). The galaxy emitting the radiation detected by SCUBA is shown with an arrow. Astronomers believe the radiation is generated in violent starbursts.

New Infrared Image of Swan Nebula

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Wisc.

M17, or the Swan nebula.

Baby Stars Found in Galactic Center

NASA/JPL Caltech/S. V. Ramirez (NExSCI/Caltech)

The yellow circles show the young stars that were detected in the chaotic environment at the Milky Way's center.

Space Telescope Warms Up, Makes Pretty Pictures


These images are some of the first to be taken during Spitzer's warm mission. At left is a cloud, known as DR22, bursting with new stars in the Cygnus region of the sky. The picture at upper right shows a relatively calm galaxy called NGC 4145. The final picture at lower right shows a dying star called NGC 4361.

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