Lifting the Cosmic Veil: Spitzer Observations from our own Backyard to the Edge of the Universe
Since its launch in 2003, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has used the infrared part of the spectrum to study the Universe near and far. In doing so it has discovered objects as wide raging from a previously unknown ring of Saturn to young galaxies at the edge of the observable Universe. Its greatest legacy though may be the study of the atmospheres of planets around other stars. Come hear about what Spitzer has accomplished and what is in store for its future.
Varoujan Gorjian got his B.S. in astronomy at Caltech in 1992 and his Ph.D. at UCLA in 1998. He has been interested in space since childhood and was very lucky to be able to turn that interest into a career in astronomy. He has been working as a part of the Spitzer Space Telescope project at JPL since 2000 and has used it and other telescopes to study supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies and the star formation history of the Universe.
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"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Don McClelland