Something Out There Is Watching You

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spitzer_ssc2020-17a October 28th, 2020

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Do you ever look up at the night sky and feel like someone, or something, may be looking back at you? This Halloween image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope may convince you that you are right. Dont expect to see these cosmic eyes without a face if you search the night sky with your own binoculars or telescopethey are completely cloaked from view in visible light. They can only be found by telescopes, like Spitzer, that can see infrared light.

Lurking in the constellation of Aquila (Latin for eagle), these celestial eyeballs are actually vast bubbles of dust and gas associated with the formation of new stars. Spitzer found that our Milky Way is full of these dusty bubbles. Contributions from nearly 80,000 citizen scientists have helped catalog 2,600 such objects for the Milky Way Project. The two shown here have the lengthy designations MWP1G043734+001170 and MWP1G043775+000606, or N89 and N90 for short.

However, very few of these star-forming bubbles give the creepy impression that they are staring back at you.

Learn more about these bubbly stellar nurseries in this NASA/JPL news release:

http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/news/2198-ssc2019-16-Spitzer-Spots-a-Starry-Region-Bursting-With-Bubbles

What kind of otherworldly creature do you think would be hiding behind this ghostly gaze? Show the world by drawing your own galactic ghoul using our web tool. Take a screen capture and share your creations on social media using the hashtag #NASAHalloween.

http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/design-a-ghoul

Provider: Spitzer Space Telescope

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6837-ssc2020-17a-Something-Out-There-Is-Watching-You

Curator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
MWP1G043734+001170 MWP1G043775+000606 N89 N90
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
Nebula > Type > Interstellar Medium
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 19h 11m 3.1s
DEC = 9° 39’ 30.0”
Orientation
North is 349.2° CCW
Field of View
21.7 x 21.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Aquila

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared (Near-IR) 3.6 µm
Cyan Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared (Near-IR) 4.5 µm
Green Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared (Mid-IR) 8.0 µm
Red Spitzer (MIPS) Infrared (Mid-IR) 24.0 µm
Spectrum_ir1
Blue
Cyan
Green
Red
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ID
ssc2020-17a
Subject Category
B.4.1.2   B.4.1.1  
Subject Name
MWP1G043734+001170, MWP1G043775+000606, N89, N90
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Release Date
2020-10-28
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6837-ssc2020-17a-Something-Out-There-Is-Watching-You
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Spitzer, Spitzer, Spitzer, Spitzer
Instrument
IRAC, IRAC, IRAC, MIPS
Color Assignment
Blue, Cyan, Green, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Near-IR, Near-IR, Mid-IR, Mid-IR
Central Wavelength
3600, 4500, 8000, 24000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
Reference Value
287.76303014285406, 9.65834303861219
Reference Dimension
2175.00, 2175.00
Reference Pixel
1087.5, 1087.5
Scale
-0.00016646292, 0.00016646292
Rotation
349.22
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
World Coordinate System resolved using PinpointWCS 0.9.2 revision 218+ by the Chandra X-ray Center
Creator (Curator)
Spitzer Space Telescope
URL
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
Rights
Publisher
Spitzer Science Center
Publisher ID
spitzer
Resource ID
ssc2020-17a.tif
Metadata Date
2020-10-28
Metadata Version
1.2
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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