New Images of the Universe from the Spitzer Telescope

(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”

Space Tornado

Space Tornado

The Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula Caught in the Infrared

Orion Nebula Caught in the Infrared

The Helix Nebula

Helix Nebula

Helix Nebula

The “Mountains of Creation”

The Mountains of Creation

The Mountains of Creational

The Trifid Nebula

Triffid

Triffid nebulae

 

Our Milky Way galaxy

Milky Way

Milky Way

The Whirlpool galaxy

Whirlpool Galaxy

Whirlpool Galaxy

The Sombrero galaxy

sombrero galaxy

sombrero galaxy

The young, distant universe

 

The Early Universe Each Dot Is a Galaxy

The Early Universe Each Dot Is a Galaxy

images from the Spitzer telescope can be found at  http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/2012/pr201211_images.html

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  1. Larry Roderick says:

    I only see 4 images not 10.

  2. Chris Dann says:

    I had to reduce it to 9 (I couldn’t find the other one) but you should see the other images now!thanks letting me know.

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