Spitzer Space Telescope: The Musical

A singing NASA supervisor uses song to explain about NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, and how infrared astronomy differs from visible-light telescopes like Hubble. Starring Danny Tieger (“My Universe Revolves Around You”), Buffy Henshaw (“Behind the Scenes: When Galaxies Collide”), and Tom Phillips as Flunky #2.

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NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope

Additional imagery sources include:
Hubble Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Observatory


Spitzer was launched in 2003
The 4th of NASA’s Great Observatories
On an Earth-trailing orbit with its back to the sun
3 eyes to the sky with coolant for one.
Its 66 million miles away
Because the heat from the Earth would affect the display
Were talking sensitive instruments, keep it streaming on course
for its deep space heat-tracing gaze at the Universe

Capturing the heat instead
There is light form the sky that we can’t see
In the darkest parts of the galaxy
With Spitzer’s spectrum
We can detect them

Spitzers greatest gift to the viewing community
s the ability to see through the dust clouds that literally
Block the view of other telescopes
Unless that dust gets busted they stand no hope
Of seeing what we can, Were NASAs greatest addition
But you didnt hear it from me ’cause it aint a competition,
Yeah, were working together, combining forces for the mission
of a better sense of interstellar cosmic composition


Visible light Visible light
We can only see the stars if the stars shine bright
Infrared, (yeah) infrared
Depends on the energy in heat thats shed.

Spitzers pulling pictures like the paparazzi
Though the coolant ran out, so we cant use all three
Weve got notable photos, and even bros know it shows
The secrets of Universe are fully exposed
Like some extrasolar planets, does get you a going
‘Cause the heat from those planets has its own faint glowing
If there are half as many planets around the stars weve found
Its a million times more likely theyve got life spinning ’round
Am I blowing your mind? Are you listening to me?
Were the white coat crew that mapped our galaxy
So youre joining the team, thats hot in the head
Hooked on looking for the cooking bits of orange and red.


Duration : 0:4:55

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Spitzer Space Telescope: The Musical — 25 Comments

  1. My boyfriend (who …
    My boyfriend (who works at JPL) sent me this link and oh my goodness! This is great!

  2. are you kidding me? …
    are you kidding me?? That sorta comment just makes me perspire where the sun don’t shine and no man should go

  3. Danny Tieger is …
    Danny Tieger is rapidly becoming this nation’s premier scientifical musician. Now when do I get to hear that Magnets song again?

  4. @TheBetterGame …
    @TheBetterGame Julia Nunes? That’s where I recognize him from!

  5. Science and Fun are …
    Science and Fun are no longer two separate things! Great!
    5 “visible” stars!

  6. This is just great! …
    This is just great! And hilarious:D If they’d teach us in school like this I’ll be a genius:D “infrared, Capturing the heat instead”:D:D:D:D

  7. Omg I can’t get …
    Omg I can’t get this outta my head!!! XD great work! 5 stars

  8. I swear i’ve seen …
    I swear i’ve seen this “Danny Tieger” guy before, but his IMDB page lists nothing notable. Anybody else know something else he’s starred in?

  9. lady is the …
    lady is the determined invention of art school graduate Stefani Germanotta – “naked lady gaga DOT comm” awesome

  10. That is without …
    That is without doubt the catchiest tune regarding any part of the light spectrum I’ve ever heard. Better than “Sunscreen (the graduation song)” or even “Age of Aquarius.”

    Please, please, please. Got to have that ringtone.

  11. Very nice; I love …
    Very nice; I love it. You people are just so smart, talented, fun, creative and goodlooking!

  12. Good Stuff Bro! …
    Good Stuff Bro! Can’t believe i see you here now doing all this professional stuff…! Last time i saw you singing it was 2004 at jewell “Bob Ditter says no, no, no! So camp is safe for you and me! Bob ditter says no!”

    Keep it up!

  13. Brilliant!


    Excellent and catchy song with one Very funny and original ending. GOOD JOB!

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