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01.28.20

Spitzer Space Telescope Fly-Around

Fly around NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope! This loop-able animation depicts the telescope against the night sky as it... watch now

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01.28.20

Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Fly-Around

Fly around NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope! This loop-able animation depicts the telescope against the night sky as it... watch now

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01.28.20

Spitzer Space Telescope Beauty Pass

This animation depicts NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope as it might appear in space if viewed in infrared light. The ba... watch now

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06.04.19

Spitzer Final Voyage

A short motion graphic celebrating Spitzer Final Voyage. watch now

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02.22.18

Homes Away From Home? Revisiting the Seven Planets of TRAPPIST-1

One year ago, astronomers announced the discovery that seven roughly Earth-sized worlds orbited around the nearby sta... watch now

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08.17.17

Brown Dwarf Weather Annotated

This artist's concept animation shows a brown dwarf with bands of clouds, thought to resemble those seen on Neptune a... watch now

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05.03.17

5000 Days in the Life of an Astronomy Robot

May 3rd, 2017 marks the 5,000th day of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission. This video gives us a detailed look at... watch now

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08.26.16

Spitzer Beyond

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which launched Aug. 25, 2003, will begin an extended mission—the “Beyond” phase—on Oc... watch now

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03.28.16

The Wild Temperature Swings of an Exoplanet

The exoplanet HD80606 b spends most of its time far from its star, but every 111 days it swings in feverishly close. ... watch now

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03.20.14

Catching a GLIMPSE of the Milky Way

Welcome home! This is our Milky Way galaxy as you’ve never seen it before. Ten years in the making, this is the clear... watch now

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08.23.13

10 Years of Innovation

On August 25, 2003, NASA launched the Spitzer Space Telescope to reveal secrets of the infrared universe. watch now

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08.07.12

Possible Nearby Exoplanet Smaller than Earth (Update)

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is an alien world just two-thirds th... watch now

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05.21.12

Cygnus X Marks the Spot (Gallery Explorer)

Over the last half century this Cygnus X has been yielding its secrets to the scrutiny of infrared observations. NASA... watch now

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08.23.11

The Galactic Center Revisited (Gallery Explorer)

Hiding behind the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius is the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, over 25,000 ligh... watch now

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02.10.11

The North America Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

Seen here in visible light, the North America Nebula strangely resembles its namesake continent. Expanding our view t... watch now

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12.23.10

The Art of Exoplanets

While astronomers have identified over 500 planets around other stars, they’re all too small and distant to fill even... watch now

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10.07.10

The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (Special)

Today's telescopes study the sky across the electromagnetic spectrum. Each part of the spectrum tells us different th... watch now

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07.09.10

The Dragon and the Swan (Gallery Explorer)

Hidden behind a dark veil of dust in the constellation Sagittarius, a lurking dragon has been revealed by the infrare... watch now

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06.01.10

When Worlds Collide (Showcase)

When worlds collide, the result is spectacular, and astronomers think they’ve detected the aftermath of such an event... watch now

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03.19.10

The Wise Sky (Gallery Explorer)

In December of 2009, NASA launched its latest infrared telescope, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This satel... watch now

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02.05.10

The Many Views of the Milky Way (Gallery Explorer)

In May of 2009, the European Space Agency successfully launched the Herschel Space Observatory, a new eye for the inf... watch now

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11.25.09

The One Ring of Saturn (Showcase)

Astronomers have found One Ring to rule them all, not in the land of Mordor, but around Saturn, the Lord of the Rings... watch now

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09.03.09

Cooking Up Cometary Crystals (Showcase)

The fading light of a flaring young star has shed light on a puzzle involving crystals and comets. watch now

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08.26.09

Where Is the Center of the Universe?

Dr. Varoujan Gorjian explains the mind-boggling expansion of the Universe. watch now

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06.18.09

Orion Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

Explore the dusty secrets of the Orion Nebula through Spitzer's infrared vision. watch now

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04.08.09

A Galaxy of a Different Color (Showcase)

To commemorate this International Year of Astronomy, three of NASA's flagship observatories have put a new spin on ho... watch now

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02.05.09

W-5 Star-Forming Region

Visit the W-5 star-forming region with 'Ask an Astronomer'! watch now

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02.02.09

The Omega Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

The Omega Nebula, or M17, is a star-forming region in the constellation of Sagittarius and is about 6,000 light years... watch now

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12.26.08

The W5 Stellar Blast Furnace (Showcase)

It's a chaotic region, sculpted by the glare of one generation of massive stars that's giving rise to the next. watch now

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12.22.08

Why Is the Sky Blue?

In this 'Ask an Astronomer' episode, Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth fills us in on what the color of the sky has to do with f... watch now

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10.30.08

The Milky Way Big Picture (Showcase)

Two and a half billion infrared pixels are exposing our own Galaxy in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... watch now

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10.23.08

What's Between the Stars?

In this 'Ask an Astronomer' episode, Dr. Michelle Thaller explains how there can be an interstellar medium in a vacuum. watch now

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08.25.08

Spitzer's Fifth Anniversary

This 'Ask an Astronomer' special looks at some of the biggest discoveries from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope over th... watch now

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08.12.08

Snowflake Cluster (Gallery Explorer)

A group of baby stars form a "stellar snowflake" in Spitzer's observations of a dusty region near the Cone Nebula. watch now

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07.01.08

What Will Happen to the Earth When the Sun Dies?

Our Sun won't last forever. Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth explains the ramifications for our home planet in this 'Ask an Ast... watch now

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06.13.08

Echoes of a Supernova (Showcase)

A supernova flash echoing through surrounding dust clouds has given astronomers a virtual time machine for studying t... watch now

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05.08.08

Can a Planet Have Two Suns?

Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth addresses a famous science fiction scenario in this 'Ask an Astronomer' video. watch now

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04.15.08

Protostellar Jets (Gallery Explorer)

Giant jets from baby stars blow colorful bubbles in interstellar space. Spitzer's infrared view reveals these structu... watch now

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04.10.08

Can a Galaxy Die?

Dr. Varoujan Gorjian gives us the answer to this 'Ask an Astronomer' question. watch now

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04.04.08

Promo: IRrelevant Astronomy

IRrelevant Astronomy takes a lighthearted, comedic look at the infrared Universe. Enjoy this peek at the Spitzer Spac... watch now

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03.13.08

Why Aren't There Any Green Stars?

Dr. Michelle Thaller answers this question for 'Ask an Astronomer.' watch now

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02.13.08

How Do You Discover an Asteroid?

Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya helps us understand how astronomers find these tiny space rocks. watch now

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02.13.08

Rho Ophiuchi Cloud (Gallery Explorer)

One of the most striking nearby star-forming regions is the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud. New images from Spitzer reveal its in... watch now

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12.22.07

The X-Planets (Showcase)

These two extreme planets have set the records for the hottest and windiest known worlds anywhere. watch now

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12.18.07

Infrared: More Than Your Eyes Can See

Dr. Michelle Thaller explains infrared light in this older video, produced by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (then kn... watch now

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11.30.07

Galaxies (Gallery Explorer)

Galaxies take on striking new colors and structures when viewed by the infrared eye of the Spitzer Space Telescope. watch now

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11.05.07

M51 and Gizmo

In this animated 'Ask an Astronomer' special, innocent alien M51 moves the Earth into a closer orbit around the sun, ... watch now

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10.30.07

Trilogy of Terror (Showcase)

For Halloween, a trilogy of spooky star-forming regions tell a haunting tale of the lives and deaths of stars. watch now

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10.02.07

Mira, A Real Shooting Star (Showcase)

The star Mira has kept a stunning secret that scientists have only just discovered in the glow of ultraviolet light. watch now

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09.14.07

What Happens When Galaxies Collide?

Dr. Varoujan Gorjian takes us inside galactic collisions in this 'Ask an Astronomer' video. watch now

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09.05.07

Helix Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

The eerie Helix nebula, created from the outer layers of a dying star once like our own, reveals secrets to the Spitz... watch now

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07.27.07

What Is the Nearest Galaxy to the Milky Way?

Dr. Michelle Thaller explains that the answer isn't as simple as you might think! watch now

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07.20.07

Eta Carinae (Gallery Explorer)

The beautiful Carina nebula, stretching 200 light years across space, has been shredded by ultraviolet radiation and ... watch now

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06.28.07

Special: M51 & Gizmo

What makes the Earth livable? In this animated cartoon, innocent alien M51 moves the Earth into a closer orbit around... watch now

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05.30.07

Galactic Center (Gallery Explorer)

The fantastic structures at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, hidden from us in visible light, are revealed through... watch now

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05.14.07

Andromeda, Beauty and the Beast (Showcase)

In Greek Mythology, the Princess Andromeda was sacrificed to appease a sea monster's appetite. But astronomers are le... watch now

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05.02.07

Large Magellanic Cloud (Gallery Explorer)

The Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that orbits the Milky Way, is revealed in exquisite detail in this video f... watch now

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02.12.07

Why Isn't Pluto a Planet Anymore?

Dr. Robert Hurt explains why Pluto got... well... plutoed. watch now

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01.30.07

Pillars of Destruction

They're known as the Pillars of Creation, but according to recent Spitzer observations these ghostly apparitions have... watch now

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12.18.06

Seeing the First Light

Astronomers peering deeply into the cosmos think they have found something remarkable... the light from the first obj... watch now

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10.12.06

Night and Day on an Alien World

It's as clear as day and night... but on an exotic alien world! Astronomers have for the first time measured the temp... watch now

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08.24.06

How Can We See a Black Hole?

If no light escapes from a black hole, how can we detect them? 'Ask an Astronomer' explains. watch now

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08.14.06

A Stellar Census of the Sword of Orion

New images of the Orion Nebula show thousands of nascent solar systems. watch now

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06.16.06

Exposing the Exploding Cigar Galaxy

M82 has been called an exploding galaxy, and three of NASA's Great Observatories have teamed up to show it like it's ... watch now

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05.24.06

What Is a Redshift?

'Ask an Astronomer' uses an astronomer, a flying saucer, and a cow to help explain this difficult astronomical concep... watch now

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05.02.06

Planetary Life After Death

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, astronomers have found that a whole new solar system may be forming in the wake... watch now

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12.09.05

Do the Stars Really Move?

The answer to this 'Ask an Astronomer' question may surprise you! watch now

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10.25.05

Why Do We See Spiral Arms in Some Galaxies?

'Ask an Astronomer' explains the morphology of one of the most common types of galaxy. watch now

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10.14.05

How Do Stars Live and Die?

'Ask an Astronomer' tackles stellar evolution. watch now

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10.14.05

Can You Feel a Solar Wind?

This 'Ask an Astronomer' segment attempts to explain what a solar wind is (and is not). watch now

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10.14.05

Why Does the Moon Look Like It Changes?

Phases of the Moon are clearly explained in this 'Ask an Astronomer' episode. watch now

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10.14.05

Do Other Solar Systems Exist?

'Ask an Astronomer' explains how we detect planets around other stars. watch now

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10.14.05

Why Are Solar Eclipses Only Visible in Some Parts of the World?

This 'Ask an Astronomer' episode explains eclipses of the sun and why they can't be seen everywhere. watch now

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10.14.05

Why Doesn't the Moon Fall Down?

This 'Ask an Astronomer' episode explains how orbits work. watch now

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10.14.05

Are Other Solar Systems Like Our Own?

Solar systems come in a large variety of flavors, as this 'Ask an Astronomer' video shows. watch now

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10.14.05

What Is a Brown Dwarf?

'Ask an Astronomer' explains one of the strangest objects in outer space. watch now

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10.14.05

Why Is Spitzer Painted Black?

The Spitzer Space Telescope has a funny paint job. This 'Ask an Astronomer' segment explains why. watch now

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10.14.05

What Causes an Eclipse of the Moon?

This 'Ask an Astronomer' episode explains lunar eclipses. watch now

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08.25.03

Infrared Launch

When Spitzer launched Monday, 25 August 2003 at 1:35:39 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, me... watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Visible and IR view 1

Spitzer is portrayed here first in visible light, then against the same background in the infrared. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Top View

View of Spitzer from the top watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Flies Away

Spitzer speeds away from Earth after its separation from its Delta II rocket. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Visible and IR view 2

Spitzer is portrayed here first in visible light, then against the same background in the infrared. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Flyaround of Spitzer

A flyaround of Spitzer in orbit. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Orbit

Spitzer's innovative Earth-trailing orbit is depicted. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer IR Flyaround

Spitzer is portrayed here against an infrared sky. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Observation Cycle

An observation cycle is illustrated in this animation, with Spitzer obtaining data, transmitting that data to Earth, ... watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Cover Ejection

Spitzer ejects its dust cover. watch now

   

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