Hidden Universe HD: NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Hidden Universe HD: NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Podcast

Witness our universe in a whole new way! This video series (in 720p High Definition for Apple TV and hi-res monitors) highlights some of the most exciting discoveries from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. In-depth 'Showcase' features, striking 'Gallery Explorer' montages, and other whimsical specials take you beyond the visible to a universe of dust and stars hidden from Earth-bound eyes. Spitzer is the infrared component of the NASA Great Observatory program which also includes Hubble (visible), Chandra (x-ray), and Compton (gamma ray). For faster, iPod-compatible downloads search for the companion 'Hidden Universe' standard definition feed, also available on iTunes.

Homes Away From Home? Revisiting the Seven Planets of TRAPPIST-1
One year ago, astronomers announced the discovery that seven roughly Earth-sized worlds orbited around the nearby star TRAPPIST-1. Now a year later, additional data have refined our understanding of these planets.We now know more about the TRAPPIST-1 system than any other solar system other than our own....

Brown Dwarf Weather Annotated
This artist's concept animation shows a brown dwarf with bands of clouds, thought to resemble those seen on Neptune and the other outer planets in the solar system....

5000 Days in the Life of an Astronomy Robot
May 3rd, 2017 marks the 5,000th day of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission. This video gives us a detailed look at six of these days, showing how an automated observatory like Spitzer, which is effectively an astronomy robot, spends its time. It’s overall mission design allows for an unprecedented degree of efficiency, allowing it to study the full range of astronomical phenomena including nearby objects in the solar system, stars in our galaxy, and galaxies out to the edge of the observable universe....


Spitzer Beyond
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which launched Aug. 25, 2003, will begin an extended mission—the “Beyond” phase—on Oct. 1, 2016....

Catching a GLIMPSE of the Milky Way
Welcome home! This is our Milky Way galaxy as you’ve never seen it before. Ten years in the making, this is the clearest infrared panorama of our galactic home ever made, courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope....

10 Years of Innovation
On August 25, 2003, NASA launched the Spitzer Space Telescope to reveal secrets of the infrared universe....


Cygnus X Marks the Spot (Gallery Explorer)
Over the last half century this Cygnus X has been yielding its secrets to the scrutiny of infrared observations. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has now provided the best view yet of what we now know is one of the largest single areas of star formation in our Milky Way galaxy....

The Galactic Center Revisited (Gallery Explorer)
Hiding behind the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius is the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, over 25,000 light years away. This patch of sky is mostly dark in visible light, shrouded by dust clouds that lie between us and the Galactic center. But the infrared vision of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope sees through the dust showing us this strange and tumultuous region....


The North America Nebula (Gallery Explorer)
Seen here in visible light, the North America Nebula strangely resembles its namesake continent. Expanding our view to include infrared light, the dark dust lanes and concealed stars glow in red colors while the continental gas clouds shift to an ocean-­‐like blue. Pushing entirely into the infrared spectrum, we see even more detail in the convoluted dust clouds....

The Art of Exoplanets
While astronomers have identified over 500 planets around other stars, they’re all too small and distant to fill even a single pixel in our most powerful telescopes. That’s why science must rely on art to help us imagine these strange new worlds....

The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (Special)
Today's telescopes study the sky across the electromagnetic spectrum. Each part of the spectrum tells us different things about the Universe, giving us more pieces of the cosmic jigsaw puzzle. The most powerful telescopes on the ground and in space have joined forces over the last decade in a unique observing campaign, known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS, which reaches across the spectrum and deep back into cosmic time....


The Dragon and the Swan (Gallery Explorer)
Hidden behind a dark veil of dust in the constellation Sagittarius, a lurking dragon has been revealed by the infrared eye of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. It gives us a glimpse into how spiral arms affect the formation of stars....

When Worlds Collide (Showcase)
When worlds collide, the result is spectacular, and astronomers think they’ve detected the aftermath of such an event around another star....

The Wise Sky (Gallery Explorer)
In December of 2009, NASA launched its latest infrared telescope, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This satellite, also known as WISE, is on a mission to map the entire sky in infrared light....


The Many Views of the Milky Way (Gallery Explorer)
In May of 2009, the European Space Agency successfully launched the Herschel Space Observatory, a new eye for the infrared universe. Its 3.5 meter mirror lets us see into the far infrared spectrum with unprecedented clarity....

The One Ring of Saturn (Showcase)
Astronomers have found One Ring to rule them all, not in the land of Mordor, but around Saturn, the Lord of the Rings of the solar system....


A Galaxy of a Different Color (Showcase)
To commemorate this International Year of Astronomy, three of NASA's flagship observatories have put a new spin on how we see the Pinwheel Galaxy!...

The Omega Nebula (Gallery Explorer)
The Omega Nebula, or M17, is a star-forming region in the constellation of Sagittarius and is about 6,000 light years away....



Echoes of a Supernova (Showcase)
A supernova flash echoing through surrounding dust clouds has given astronomers a virtual time machine for studying the light from the explosion that nobody saw....

Protostellar Jets (Gallery Explorer)
Giant jets from baby stars blow colorful bubbles in interstellar space. Spitzer's infrared view reveals these structures in colorful ways never seen before....

Promo: IRrelevant Astronomy
IRrelevant Astronomy takes a lighthearted, comedic look at the infrared Universe. Enjoy this peek at the Spitzer Space Telescope's newest video podcast series....


Rho Ophiuchi Cloud (Gallery Explorer)
One of the most striking nearby star-forming regions is the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud. New images from Spitzer reveal its infrared wonders....

The X-Planets (Showcase)
These two extreme planets have set the records for the hottest and windiest known worlds anywhere....

Galaxies (Gallery Explorer)
Galaxies take on striking new colors and structures when viewed by the infrared eye of the Spitzer Space Telescope....


Trilogy of Terror (Showcase)
For Halloween, a trilogy of spooky star-forming regions tell a haunting tale of the lives and deaths of stars....

Helix Nebula (Gallery Explorer)
The eerie Helix nebula, created from the outer layers of a dying star once like our own, reveals secrets to the Spitzer Space Telescope....


Eta Carinae (Gallery Explorer)
The beautiful Carina nebula, stretching 200 light years across space, has been shredded by ultraviolet radiation and winds from a behemoth of a star....

Special: M51 & Gizmo
What makes the Earth livable? In this animated cartoon, innocent alien M51 moves the Earth into a closer orbit around the sun, and learns an important lesson about life in the Universe....

Galactic Center (Gallery Explorer)
The fantastic structures at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, hidden from us in visible light, are revealed through infrared imagery....


Andromeda, Beauty and the Beast (Showcase)
In Greek Mythology, the Princess Andromeda was sacrificed to appease a sea monster's appetite. But astronomers are learning that the Andromeda Galaxy is less the spiral beauty and more the voracious beast....