Spitzer Space Telescope
(SST, Spitzer, Space Infrared Telescope Facility, SIRTF)
(past space infrared telescope)
The Spitzer Space Telescope (Spitzer, SST,
or Space Infrared Telescope Facility, SIRTF) was an
infrared-observatory satellite launched in 2003 and
operated through January 2020.
Most instruments were no longer usable once
its liquid helium supply ran out in 2009,
but the camera, IRAC still can image in some of its bands,
and continued to be used as the Spitzer Warm Mission into 2020.
Spitzer has a heliocentric orbit, trailing Earth's
orbit by about 0.1 AU, and it remains in this orbit, inactive.
It was named for scientist Lyman Spitzer.
- FLS: "First Look Survey", three fields, extragalactic, galactic, and ecliptic.
- GLIMPSE: "Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-plane Survey Extraordinaire": 444,000 images of inner 300 degrees of the Milky Way.
- MIPSGAL: similar at longer wavelengths, 800,000 images, 278 degrees.
- YSOVAR: "Young Stellar Object Variability" time-series observations of the Orion Nebula using IRAC.
- SWIRE: "Spitzer Wide-field Infrared Extragalactic Survey".
- SERVS: "Spitzer Extragalactic Representative Volume Survey".
- SINGS: "Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey".
|Prefix||Example|| || |
|GLIMPSE||GLIMPSE C01||GLIMPSE survey|| |
|SST||SST24 J1434110+331733|| || |
|SWIRE||SWIRE J022550.67-042142||SWIRE survey|| |
Referenced by pages:
IRAC Shallow Survey (ISS)
rare designator prefixes
Ritchey-Chrétien telescope (RCT)
Spitzer Extended Deep Survey (SEDS)
Spitzer Extragalactic Representative Volume Survey (SERVS)
Spitzer HETDEX Exploratory Large Area Survey (SHELA)
Ultimate Spitzer Phase Curve Survey (USPCS)