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Spitzer Space Telescope

(SST, Space Infrared Telescope Facility, Spitzer, SIRTF)
(a satellite with infrared telescope)

The Spitzer Space Telescope (SST, or Space Infrared Telescope Facility, SIRTF) is an Infrared (IR) satellite launched 2003. Most instruments failed in 2009 when the liquid Helium (He) supply ran out, but "IRAC' still can image in some of its bands, so it continues to be used as the Spitzer Warm Mission.

It has a heliocentric orbit, trailing Earth's orbit by about .1 Astronomical Unit (AU). It is named for scientist Lyman Spitzer.

Instruments:

Surveys:

  • GLIMPSE "Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire": 444,000 images of inner 300 degrees of the Milky Way
  • MIPSGAL: similar at longer Wavelength, 800,000 images, 278 degrees.
  • YSOVAR "Young Stellar Object (YSO) Variability" time-series observations of the Orion Nebula using IRAC.

(telescope,infrared,space,NASA)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitzer_Space_Telescope
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/main/
PrefixExampleSurvey/Catalog 
SSTSST24 J1434110+331733Spitzer Space Telescope 

Referenced by:
AEGIS
GOODS
NASA
Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope (RCT)
SAGE
Spitzer Extended Deep Survey (SEDS)
Spitzer HETDEX Exploratory Large Area Survey (SHELA)
SPIRITS
Transient Astronomy

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