Wired celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Spitzer Star Telescope by sharing some of the extraordinary images it has produced:
For 10 years, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has been helping scientists on Earth learn more about the mysterious objects hiding in our star-studded skies. On August 25, 2003, the telescope — carrying a relatively small, 0.85-meter beryllium mirror — launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. Since then, it’s been trailing the Earth on its orbit around the sun, like NASA’s Kepler spacecraft.
During its time in space, Spitzer has seen, for the first time, an exoplanet’s glimmering light, discovered the largest ring around Saturn, and stared at the center of the Milky Way.
You can find more images here.