Spitzer's infrared vision shows off the wispy nature of the Tarantula Nebula.
It's been a good journey. NASA will decommission its Spitzer Space Telescope on Jan. 30, but not without a little celebration of 16 years of incredible infrared views of our universe. The space agency released a fresh Spitzer image of the Tarantula Nebula on Monday.
NASA - Telescope - Beginnings - Tarantula - Spitzer
NASA went back to the telescope's beginnings when it chose to revisit the Tarantula, which was one of Spitzer's first observation targets. "That region has a lot of interesting dust structures and a lot of star formation happening, and those are both areas where infrared observatories can see a lot of things that you...