Mapping the Infrared Sky with WISE

April 15 & 16

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) launched December 14, 2009, and a month later began surveying the sky in four infrared wavelengths, ranging from four to 30 times redder than our eyes can see. WISE continues the JPL/Caltech tradition of mapping the infrared sky. Its megapixel infrared detector arrays make the WISE survey hundreds to hundreds of thousands of times more sensitive than previous all-sky surveys using only dozens of pixels. The satellite is observing everything in the Universe from near-Earth asteroids to dusty, cataclysmically forming galaxies over 10 billion light years away, and is expected to discover hundreds, to perhaps thousands, of new objects.

Speaker:
Dr. Peter Eisenhardt
Project Scientist, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, JPL

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