(Please wait while the images load it’s well worth it!)
The Spitzer space telescope’s infrared array camera (IRAC) has been looking at the solar system right out to the most distant reaches of the universe. NASA is releasing a gallery of the 10 best IRAC images to celebrate this milestone
The new images will highlight the capabilities of the Spitzer telescope hopefully adding to the argument to extend Spitzer’s mission until 2015. The telescope can image nebulae, Cold dust, peer inside obscured dust clouds where there are new stars forming and detect faint emissions from very distant galaxies.
A few of the images shown are of data collected during the cold mission phase but most are from the warm mission phase when the infrared camera was used.
The top 9 images are-
A “space tornado”
The Orion Nebula
The Helix Nebula
The “Mountains of Creation”
The Trifid Nebula
Our Milky Way galaxy
The Whirlpool galaxy
The Sombrero galaxy
The young, distant universe
images from the Spitzer telescope can be found at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/2012/pr201211_images.html