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Home This view shows the California Nebula imaged in visible light. The inset shows a section of the nebula imaged by NASA’s recently retired Spitzer Space Telescope, which studied the universe in infrared light. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ Palomar Digitized Sky Survey) This view shows the California Nebula imaged in visible light. The inset shows a section of the nebula imaged by NASA's recently retired Spitzer Space Telescope, which studied the universe in infrared light. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ Palomar Digitized Sky Survey)

This view shows the California Nebula imaged in visible light. The inset shows a section of the nebula imaged by NASA’s recently retired Spitzer Space Telescope, which studied the universe in infrared light. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ Palomar Digitized Sky Survey)

This view shows the California Nebula imaged in visible light. The inset shows a section of the nebula imaged by NASA's recently retired Spitzer Space Telescope, which studied the universe in infrared light. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ Palomar Digitized Sky Survey)

This view shows the California Nebula imaged in visible light. The inset shows a section of the nebula imaged by NASA’s recently retired Spitzer Space Telescope, which studied the universe in infrared light. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ Palomar Digitized Sky Survey)

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope took this image of the California Nebula on Jan. 25, 2020, five days before the spacecraft was decommissioned. The red and blue bands on either side of the image represent two different wavelengths of light; the gray area shows both wavelengths. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)