The Spitzer Space Telescope, launched in 2003 to complete NASA’s Great Observatories program, has revolutionized our understanding of the Universe from our own Solar System to the most distant galaxies.  Its sensitive infrared instruments and unique Earth-trailing Solar orbit have permitted breakthrough studies of cold, dusty and distant objects, including the first detection of light from an exoplanet and measurements of the stellar mass and star formation history of the most distant galaxies.   While on-orbit operations for Spitzer cease on 30 January 2020, Spitzer data will continue to be mined for decades to come, and continue to further our understanding of the Universe, near and far.

Please join us for this international scientific conference, “Celebrating the Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope” hosted by the California Institute of Technology and sponsored by Ball Aerospace, 11-13 February 2020 at the Hameetman Auditorium on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, CA.  The goal of the conference is to highlight the major scientific accomplishments enabled by the Spitzer Space Telescope and emphasize Spitzer science that is shaping the future of astrophysics.

There will be a mixture of invited and contributed talks and ample room for posters.  We expect to cap attendance at 150 participants.  There will be a conference dinner at the Athenaeum on the Caltech campus on the evening of 12 February.

Science Organizing Committee: Michael Werner (co-chair, JPL), Tom Soifer (co-chair, Caltech), Brad Cenko (GSFC), Drake Deming (U Maryland) Mark Dickinson (NOAO), Courtney Dressing (UC Berkeley), Josh Emery (U Tennessee), Lynne Hillenbrand (Caltech), Lori Lubin (UC Davis), Stan Metchev U Western Ontario), Joan Najita (NOAO), Bill Reach (USRA), Kartik Sheth (NASA)

Local Organizing Committee: Sean Carey (chair), Mary Ellen Barba, Sebastiano Calchi-Novati, Rick Ebert, Andreas Faisst, Seppo Laine, Wannetta Lockhart, Patrick Lowrance, Roberta Paladini

You can sign up for our mailing list for more information and keep track of conference developments on social media using #spitzerlegacy2020.