Spitzer's Solar Panels Shield the Observatory from the Sun
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)

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Spitzer seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen at 100 microns (as seen by the IRAS/COBE missions).The Spitzer solar panels also double as a solar shield that always faces the Sun, protecting the cold observatory from the Sun's heat.

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Galaxy > Component > Dust Lane
Galaxy > Component > Disk