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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• California Institute of Technology
• Vision for Space Exploration
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Fast Facts
 
Current Status
 
Spitzer History
 
Spitzer Technology
 
Spitzer Science
 
— Why Infrared?
 
— Science Overview
 
— Planets
 
— Stars
 
— Galaxies
 
— Universe
 
— Glossary
 
Lyman Spitzer, Jr.
 

Science

NASA Origins Imagery
NASA

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a new platform for exploring the universe using infrared light. Astronomers find the infrared to be a valuable tool as it opens an important window into otherwise hidden regions of the universe. Research into the origin and composition of planets hinges on infrared observations which can reveal the composition of objects within our solar system as well as detect the material that may be forming worlds around other stars. Likewise in the infrared astronomers can study stars throughout their lives, from the earliest stages of formation in the hearts of dust clouds to their final years as they sputter and die. On larger scales, astronomers can probe distant galaxies individually or collectively, expanding our picture of the universe as a whole.


Spitzer Scientists interested in the latest information on proposals, observation planning, and user support should visit the Research site maintained by the Spitzer Science Center.



The Spitzer Space Telescope is a NASA mission managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This website is maintained by the Spitzer Science Center, located on the campus of the California Institute of Technology and part of NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center. Privacy Policy

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