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Introduction to Infrared and Spitzer

There are extensive resources available on the web for this information, so this page attempts to pull together the most useful of those resources.

How do I download data from the Spitzer Telescope?

Spitzer has developed it's own suit of software for downloading and viewing data. Click on "download data" for more information. Don't forget to try the "Questions to think about and things to try with Spot/Leopard" at the bottom of that linked page.

What is a mosaic and why should I care?

Typically objects or regions in space we want to look at are too large for the telescope to capture in a single image or frame, so the telescope has to take many frames which are later combine using software into a single image or what is commonly called a mosaic. Click "mosaic" above for more details.

Data from other wavelengths

This link describes getting images and catalogs from other wavelengths. Don't forget the "Questions to think about and things to try" at the bottom of that page.

Making 3-color images

This link talks about making 3-color (or more!) images with publicly-available tools. Start doing science with the images you create by trying the "Questions to think about and things to try" at the bottom of that page.

Basic Literature Searching

Searching the literature is an essential part of doing research!

Understanding Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Many astronomers use the Spitzer Space Telescope to detect or study "polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons," or "PAHs" for short. What are these things? In short, rings of carbon, like the grunge on your grill. But what else are they, and why are they important?

Introduction to IC2118

Introduction to M81

Advanced Research Tools