"The next steps really will be to see what the Space Infrared Telescope Facility
can tell us about these objects," notes Koekemoer.
But when the last of the series left the launch pad last August, it was nameless--unless you can call "Space Infrared Telescope Facility
" a name.
That's why planet hunters are eagerly awaiting the launch next year of NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility
. Although the mirror of this orbiting telescope is too small to image debris disks, it will have 10 times the sensitivity of IRAS to excess infrared radiation, an indication of debris disks.
Keck Observatory and NASNs Infrared Telescope Facility
on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, reveal even more of a puzzle.
NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility
, scheduled for launch in 2001, should provide "the ultimate check on Fabian's model," Phinney says.
The Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, and the soon-to-be-launched Space Infrared Telescope Facility
will also conduct follow-up work.
8, 1997, astronomers at NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility
on Mauna Kea in Hawaii were taking routine observations of Jupiter when a magnetic storm struck the distant planet's polar regions.
Mauna Kea Telescopes * Existing telescope Aperture University of Hawaii 0.6 meter University of Hawaii 2.2 m Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope 3.6 m United Kingdom Infrared 3.8 m Telescope NASA Infrared Telescope Facility
3.0 m Caltech Submillimeter Observatory 10 m James Clerk Maxwell Telescope 15 m (Submillimeter) Very Large Baseline Array (Radio) 25 m W.
Using NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility
atop Mauna Kea, the researchers blocked out the star's bright light and spied a dusty disk extending at least 40 AU from the star.
So were several major projects currently nearing completion, such as the Space InfraRed Telescope Facility
(SIRTF) and the Stratospheric Observatory for Far-Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).
NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility
atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea recorded images on March 27, after Jupiter had emerged from behind the sun, showing but a single oval.
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility
(IRTF) 3.0 m f/2.5, 35, 120 IR Cassegrain English yoke Mauna Kea, HI 19[degrees] 50' N 155[degrees] 28' W 4,208 m The IRTF has a moving weight of 95 tons and a Cer-Vit primary mirror.