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Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

Artist's concept illustrates a close-up view of a cool brown dwarf

NASA-funded Website Lets the Public Search for New Nearby Worlds


NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our solar system and in neighboring interstellar space.


Read more (February 15, 2017)


 

Recent News


Artist's rendition of 2016 WF9 NASA's NEOWISE Mission Spies One Comet, Maybe Two

NASA's NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet.


Read more (December 29, 2016)


Infrared Echoes of a Black Hole Eating a Star Studies Find Echoes of Black Holes Eating Stars

Supermassive black holes, with their immense gravitational pull, are notoriously good at clearing out their immediate surroundings by eating nearby objects.


Read more (September 15, 2016)


Black-hole-powered galaxies called blazars are the most common sources detected by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. NASA's WISE, Fermi Missions Reveal a Surprising Blazar Connection

Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different wavelengths of the light they emit, the mid-infrared and gamma rays.


Read more (August 24, 2016)


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Features

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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WISE interactive Your guide to the infrared sky. click to launch



In-depth Information

WISE Launch Press Kit (1.97 Mb - PDF)

WISE Fact Sheet (289 Kb - PDF)

NASA TV (Live)

WISE mission website