CfA Colloquium Schedule Spring 2004
 29 January 2004

29 January 2004

Speaker: Giovanni Fazio (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Title: Recent Results from the Spitzer Space Telescope: A New View of the Infrared Universe

Abstract: The Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA's Great Observatory for infrared exploration, was launched on August 25, 2003, into a heliocentric orbit, trailing the Earth. The telescope consists of an 85-cm cryogenically-cooled mirror and three focal-plane instruments, which provide background-limited imaging and spectroscopy covering the spectral region from 3 to 180 microns wavelength. Following 90 days of In-Orbit-Checkout and 30 days of Science Verification, normal operations began on December 1, 2003. All spacecraft systems continue to operate extremely well. The Telescope has an expected lifetime of 5 to 6 years. After a brief mission overview, early scientific results will be presented, including spectacular images and spectra produced by the three instruments. Since the Cycle 1 Call for Proposals has a due date of February 14, 2004, opportunities for proposing for the Spitzer Space Telescope will also be discussed. More than 75% of the observing time will be available for General Observers.

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