Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer


Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

Do you see any recognizable shapes in this nebulous region?

Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds or otherwise unrelated objects.

Read more (October 22, 2014)


Recent News

NEOWISE Spies Activity on Comet Catalina NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid

Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) was originally thought to be an asteroid, but observations by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft indicate that it's a comet.

Read more (July 23, 2014)

Cold and Close Celestial Orb NASA's Spitzer, WISE Find Sun's Close, Cold Neighbor

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known.

Read more (April 25, 2014)

Bulgeless Galaxy Hides Black Hole The Search for Seeds of Black Holes

How does one grow supermassive black holes? A new study using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up what might be their seeds.

Read more (March 26, 2014)

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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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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)

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WISE mission website