OLD Research Tools
- 1 The "Basic" Research Tools
- 2 What is infrared light and how does Spitzer work?
- 3 How do I download data from the Spitzer Telescope?
- 4 What is a mosaic and why should I care?
- 5 Data from other wavelengths
- 6 Making 3-color images
- 7 Basic Literature Searching
- 8 Understanding Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
- 9 I'm ready to move on to more "advanced" research tools.
The "Basic" Research Tools
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.
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.
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.
Searching the literature is an essential part of doing research!
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?
Click here after you've worked through the "basic" research tools section, and would like to move on to some more advanced applications.