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Happy 9th Birthday, Spitzer!

Tonight at 10:35 PM PDT NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope turns nine... measured from the moment it lifted from the laun... read blog post


NITARP for 2013 - Come Play With Us!

NITARP has a new 3-minute video! read blog post


There's a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today!

Right now people at the Spitzer Space Telescope are taking a break from the usual day of astronomy to witness a fleet... read blog post


The Case of the Missing Planet

Sometimes not seeing something can be as scientifically important a result as seeing it. Consider the case of the exo... read blog post


History of Space Photography Exhibit in Pasadena

Photography has, since its inception, been a staple of the art world. But the artistic significance of astronomical i... read blog post


The Art Behind the Astro Pictures: Lecture Online

If you've ever been curious how one goes from datasets taken by Spitzer and other telescopes to the colorful imagery ... read blog post


Telescopes on Land and in Space Work Together for the Holidays!

Sometimes you get a project so big that one telescope just isn't enough. December is the month that a small army of t... read blog post


11-11-11: At 3000 and Counting!

On this binary day of 11/11/11, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has reached another numerical milepost, it's 3,000th d... read blog post


NITARP 2012 Class of Educators

NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program is an effective and inspiring way to get authentic research experiences in... read blog post


See Spitzer at the Smithsonian!

If you find yourself in the Washington DC, why not take a trip to see "The Evolving Universe" at the Smithsonian Natu... read blog post


All in the Family

I have had the privilege of working on Spitzer since 1977 and have been Project Scientist since 1984, back in the day... read blog post


Happy Anniversary, Spitzer

Eight years ago today, I was nervous. Sitting atop a Delta II rocket at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, t... read blog post


Star Formation Seen through Dust-Covered Glasses

Looking like a pair of eyeglasses only a rock star would wear, this nebula brings into focus a murky region of star f... read blog post


Teasing Apart Galaxy Collisions

Astronomers are picking through the wreckage of galactic collisions to better understand the destruction, and the cre... read blog post


Three NITARP Newsy Items

There have been three newsy events in the world of NITARP recently... read blog post


One Galaxy, Two Views

You may notice that every now and then we post multiple views of the same region of the sky but using different color... read blog post


North America Nebula in IR

Today, we're releasing special images of the North America and Pelican Nebulae -- my data! I love these images, and n... read blog post


NITARP at the AAS!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned here that the NITARP class of 2010 was taking NINE posters to the AAS meeting in a few w... read blog post


My First (Galaxy) Relationship

They say your first relationship will always stay with you, and I think it is as true of galaxies as it is of people.... read blog post


The Story of Star Formation

Some of Spitzer's most dramatic images are of star formation. Indeed, these gorgeous images are mesmerizing, at least... read blog post


Help Investigate Spitzer's Milky Way!

Today the Milky Way Project website has gone live, giving everyone a chance to become galaxy explorers from the comfo... read blog post


Exploring Spitzer Pictures in WorldWide Telescope

We've added a new feature to the Spitzer image gallery: with just one click you can open up most of our astronomical ... read blog post


NITARP: Class of 2011

NITARP is the successor to the highly successful Spitzer Teacher Program and is an effective and inspiring way to get... read blog post


High-Tech Astronomy Images: The Workshop

Experts in the field of astronomy visualization have come from around the world to brainstorm new features in the sta... read blog post


Exoplanet Fireflies and their Stellar Spotlights

Wow, searching for a tiny planet around another star is pretty hard. I am amazed that people are actually able to do ... read blog post


NITARP for 2011!

As I've mentioned in an earlier post, I'm the director of NITARP (NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program) and we ... read blog post


Happy 7th Birthday, Spitzer!

NASA's premiere infrared telescope has just celebrated it's 7th birthday, and while that's getting up there in space ... read blog post


Phony Colors? Or Just Misunderstood?

In a recent review of a space imagery exhibit, the reviewer goes on an odd tangent half-way down the page, seemingly ... read blog post


NASA Spacescapes on your Desktop

Today Microsoft, in collaboration with the Spitzer team, has released a new "NASA Spacescapes" Windows theme that fea... read blog post


2500 Days of Spitzer

Walking through the halls today at the Spitzer Science Center you can't help but notice something special about the m... read blog post


A New Face for Spitzer!

So have you noticed something different about Spitzer today? If you frequent our website you might notice something, ... read blog post


The Science of Avatar

Are you curious just how much science actually makes it into a science fiction epic? Will you be in Pasadena on Tuesd... read blog post


Media Madness!

Infrared images from Spitzer have been showing up a lot in television and movies. Score one for pop culture! read blog post

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December craziness

Here in LA, the entertainment portion of the community (those in "the industry") have a crazy December, what with all... read blog post


Women in Astronomy and Space Science 2009

I've just come back from a slew of travel, including the 3rd ever Women in Astronomy conference, which was at the end... read blog post


Universe Expanding

Here in Pasadena the Spitzer conference has effortlessly expanded into the local and more distant universe, powered b... read blog post


Rocking with "Reionization to Exoplanets"

Admittedly the U2 concert received more media coverage, but the "Reionization to Exoplanets: Spitzer's Growing Legacy... read blog post



I'm Luisa, an astronomer here at Spitzer. I study baby stars which will grow up to be like our Sun. But more about th... read blog post


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