Artist Rendition of Spitzer in its Heliocentric Orbit
Earth trailing2

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)

Artwork • • earth_trailing2


Rather than orbiting the Earth, the Spitzer Space Telescope orbits the Sun, trailing behind the Earth. This artist concept depicts its orbit.

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Technology > Observatory > Facility
Technology > Observatory > Telescope
Technology > Spacecraft > Orbiter
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Main Sequence
Star > Spectral Type > G
Planet > Type > Terrestrial
Planet > Satellite