The new AllWISE catalog will bring distant galaxies that were once invisible out of hiding, as illustrated in this image. At right, a portion of the sky available before the AllWISE project; at left, the same part of the sky in a new AllWISE image.
Evidence from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Galaxy Evolution Explorer missions provide support for the 'inside-out' theory of galaxy evolution, which holds that star formation starts at the core of the galaxy and spreads outward.
NEOWISE: Back to Hunt More Asteroids (Artist Concept)
This artist's concept shows the NASA's WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. In September of 2013, engineers will attempt to bring the mission out of hibernation to hunt for more asteroids and comets in a project called NEOWISE.
The tiny red spot in this image is one of the most efficient star-making galaxies ever observed, converting gas into stars at the maximum possible rate. The galaxy is shown here is from NASA's WISE, which first spotted the rare galaxy in infrared light.
Observations from NASA's WISE all-sky survey reveal new clues about Jovian Trojans, mysterious asteroids that orbit in front of and behind Jupiter in its path around the sun seen here in an artists concept.
This image is a portion of the all-sky survey from NASA's WISE. It highlights the first of about 1,000 'hot DOGs' found by the mission (magenta circle). Hot DOGs are hot dust-obscured galaxies and are among the most powerful galaxies known.
Galaxies Burn Bright Like High-Wattage 'Light Bulbs'
NASA's WISE has identified about 1,000 extremely obscured objects over the sky, as marked by the magenta symbols. These hot dust-obscured galaxies, or 'hot DOGs,' are turning out to be among the most luminous.
This zoomed-in view of a portion of the all-sky survey from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a collection of quasar candidates (shown in yellow circles). Quasars are supermassive black holes feeding off gas and dust.
With its all-sky infrared survey, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has identified millions of quasar candidates. Quasars are supermassive black holes with masses millions to billions times greater than our sun.
This image shows our own back yard, astronomically speaking, from a vantage point about 30 light-years away from the sun. It highlights the population of tiny brown dwarfs recently discovered by NASA's WISE. The image simulates actual positions of stars.