Spitzer Space Telescope

Spitzer Telescope has provided a dramatic new view of the Milky Way galaxy. It has mapped giant stellar nurseries, and revealed thousands of infant stars, as well as thousands of old stars, which have wrapped themselves in cocoons of gas and dust. Spitzer has also helped produce the best map of the Milky Way to date. The map reveals that the Milky Way probably has two major spiral arms wrapping around a long "bar" of stars in its center.

Radio Programs

Smash-up! A smash-up in a distant star system Thursday, December 4, 2014
Lyman Spitzer II A bold idea for exploring the universe Thursday, June 26, 2014
Spitzer Space Telescope Taking a good look at an exoplanet Friday, August 23, 2013
Hot Planet The glow of a small but hot planet Thursday, January 24, 2013
Shrinking Iceball A distant iceball gets smaller Friday, October 19, 2012
Planetary Bombardment Possible planets take a pounding Thursday, December 29, 2011
Moon and Saturn Blowing smoke at one of the moons of Saturn Monday, February 1, 2010
A Moon is Born? What happens when worlds collide Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Trifid Stars A star that's making a difference Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Polluted Stars Planetary building blocks around dead stars Monday, May 18, 2009
Quick Birth A quick birth for giant planets Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Featured Images

Artist's concept of Spitzer Space Telescope
Heat Seeker Friday, August 23, 2013
Starbirth region on the edge of the Milky Way galaxy
Starbirth Thursday, June 6, 2013
Infrared view of the spiral galaxy IC 342
Tangled Galaxy Sunday, January 22, 2012
Stars and gas swirl around the black hole at the center of the Milky Way
Swirling Center Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Infrared view of planetary nebula NGC 4361 in Corvus
Cotton-Candy Star Sunday, April 3, 2011
A Moon is Born? Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Veiling the Pleiades Monday, October 19, 2009
Planetary Smash-Up Thursday, August 13, 2009
Planetary Nursery Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Dusty Skies Monday, January 19, 2009
Busy Hub Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Fifth Birthday Monday, August 25, 2008
Home Base Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Stellar Nursery Thursday, February 21, 2008
Crowning Glory Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Home of the Stars Thursday, July 26, 2007
Colorful Cocoon Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Bad Neighbor Saturday, December 2, 2006
New View of a Neighbor Sunday, September 10, 2006
Smokin' Galaxy Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Twister! Friday, January 20, 2006
The Heart of the Matter Tuesday, January 17, 2006
An Eye on the Helix Wednesday, January 11, 2006


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