Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer


Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

This artist's rendering shows a galaxy called W2246-0526

Most Luminous Galaxy Is Ripping Itself Apart

About 12.4 billion years ago, a supermassive black hole produced so much energy, it stirred up gas across its entire galaxy.

Read more (January 15, 2016)


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Bow Shocks in Space Runaway Stars Leave Infrared Waves in Space

Cosmic bow shocks are leading astronomers to some of the galaxy's speediest stars.

Read more (January 05, 2016)

An expanded view of comet C/2006 W3 (Christensen) is shown here. NEOWISE Observes Carbon Gases in Comets

Data from NASA's NEOWISE mission are giving new insights into comet dust, nucleus sizes, and production rates for difficult-to-observe gases like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Read more (November 23, 2015)

This artist's concept shows the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE spacecraft Secondhand Spacecraft Has Firsthand Asteroid Experience

NASA's NEOWISE mission has observed 158,000 asteroids and discovered more than 35,000 since December 2009.

Read more (November 11, 2015)

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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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