Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer


Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

One Year of NEOWISE Observations Mapped

NEOWISE: A Yearlong Look at the Sky

A NASA spacecraft using infrared imaging discovered 40 near-Earth objects in one year and observed many others, including a comet that has become this month's brightest.

Read more (January 15, 2015)


Recent News

The marked asymmetry of the debris disk around the star HD 181327 Volunteer 'Disk Detectives' Classify Possible Planetary Habitats

Citizen scientists are busy sifting through images from the WISE mission, logging 1 million potential planetary habitats.

Read more (January 06, 2015)

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)

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)

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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