Spitzer observations of planetary nebulae

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The Spitzer Space Telescope has three science instruments (IRAC, MIPS, and IRS) that can take images at 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, 8.0, 24, 70, and 160 μm, spectra over 5-38 μm, and spectral energy distribution over 52-100 μm. The Spitzer archive contains targeted imaging observations for more than 100 PNe. Spitzer legacy surveys, particularly the GLIMPSE survey of the Galactic plane, contain additional serendipitous imaging observations of PNe. Spitzer imaging and spectroscopic observations of PNe allow us to investigate atomic/molecular line emission and dust continuum from the nebulae as well as circumstellar dust disks around the central stars. Highlights of Spitzer observations of PNe are reviewed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlanetary Nebulae
Subtitle of host publicationAn Eye to the Future
EditorsArturo Manchado, Letizia Stanghellini, Detlef Schonberner
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)1743-9213
ISSN (Electronic)1743-9221


  • Atomic processes
  • infrared: stars
  • molecular processes
  • planetary nebulae: general
  • surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


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