Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer


Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

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)


Recent News

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)

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)

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)

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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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