SWIRE is a wide-area, high galactic latitude, imaging survey to trace the evolution of dusty, star-forming galaxies, evolved stellar populations, and active galactic nuclei as a function of environment from redshifts, z ~ 3, when the Universe was about 2 billion years old, to the present time. The primary data for the survey are infrared images acquired by the Spitzer Space Telescope. SWIRE surveyed approximately 49 square degrees with the MIPS far-infrared camera and IRAC mid-infrared camera.
Key Scientific Goals
The key scientific goals of SWIRE are to determine:
Supporting Ground-Based Observations
The satellite data will be complemented by an extensive program of ground-based optical, near-infrared and radio observations, providing identifications, photometric-redshifts, spectral energy distributions and other physical information.
The second release of processed images and star & galaxy catalogs is now available. More....
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by Dr. Carol Lonsdale and Dr. Russ Laher