Fly around NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope! This loop-able animation depicts the telescope against the night sky as it appears in visible light.
This animation depicts NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope as it might appear in space if viewed in infrared light. The background image is derived from Spitzer's observations of our Milky Way.
Fly around NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope! This loop-able animation depicts the telescope against the night sky as it appears in infrared light.
When Spitzer launched Monday, 25 August 2003 at 1:35:39 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, members of the Spitzer team were poised two miles away with an infrared camera. At that distance, the Delta II Heavy rocket carrying Spitzer was barely a speck, but in the infrared, the heat in the rocket's plume is extremely bright.
An observation cycle is illustrated in this animation, with Spitzer obtaining data, transmitting that data to Earth, then receiving new instructions and continuing its observations.