Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer


Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

An unusual celestial object called CX330 was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009.

Loneliest Young Star Seen by Spitzer and WISE

Alone on the cosmic road, far from any known celestial object, a young, independent star is going through a tremendous growth spurt.

Read more (July 27, 2016)


Recent News

Researchers used data to highlight the X-shaped structure in the bulge of the Milky Way. X Marks the Spot for Milky Way Formation

A new understanding of our galaxy's structure began in an unlikely way: on Twitter.

Read more (July 19, 2016)

This artist's concept shows the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE spacecraft. NASA Response to Recent Paper on NEOWISE Asteroid Size Results

A paper posted Sunday by Nathan Myhrvold to ArXiv.org and described in an article by reporter Ken Chang in the May 23 New York Times discusses interpretations of data on asteroids from NASA's NEOWISE mission.

Read more (May 25, 2016)

Young Brown Dwarf in TW Hydrae Family of Stars Lone Planetary-Mass Object Found in Family of Stars

Sitting all by itself in space, a newfound object may help answer mysteries about planets without parent stars.

Read more (April 19, 2016)

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Wise Blog

Amy Mainzer, a scientist and instrument builder, is deputy project scientist for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This spaceborne telescope, scheduled to launch in 2009, will survey the entire sky.

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In-depth Information

WISE Launch Press Kit (1.97 Mb - PDF)

WISE Fact Sheet (289 Kb - PDF)

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WISE mission website