Infrared astronomy after IRAS

G. H. Rieke, M. W. Werner, R. I. Thompson, E. E. Becklin, W. F. Hoffmann, J. R. Houck, F. J. Low, W. A. Stein, F. C. Witteborn

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Abstract

The 250,000 sources in the recently issued Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS) all-sky infrared catalog are a challenge to astronomy. Many of these sources will be studied with existing and planned ground-based and airborne telescopes, but many others can no longer even be detected now that IRAS has ceased to operate. As anticipated by advisory panels of the National Academy of Sciences for a decade, study of the IRAS sources will require the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF), a cooled, pointed telescope in space. This instrument may be the key to our understanding of cosmic birth-the formation of planets, stars, galaxies, active galactic nuclei, and quasars. Compared with IRAS and existing telescopes, SIRTF's power derives from a thousandfold gain in sensitivity over five octaves of the spectrum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-814
Number of pages8
JournalScience
Volume231
Issue number4740
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

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