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NEOWISE Spots A Comet That Looked Like An Asteroid

NEOWISE Spots A Comet That Looked Like An Asteroid

Elizabeth Landau, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) has been observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft just one day after passing through its closest approach to the...

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Comet Pan-STARRS Sweeps Across the Sky
2014-07-04 03:42:26

Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's NEOWISE mission captured a series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies in May 2014. The comet is named after the astronomical survey project called the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System in Hawaii, which discovered the icy visitor in May 2012. Comet Pan-STARRS hails from the outer fringes of our solar system, from a vast and distant reservoir of...

wise brown dwarf
2014-04-25 12:21:48

NASA NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known -- a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole. Images from the space telescopes also pinpointed the object's distance to 7.2 light-years away, earning it the title for fourth closest system to our sun. The closest system, a trio of stars, is Alpha Centauri, at about 4 light-years away. "It's very...

NASA's WISE Spacecraft Has Yet To Uncover Planet 'X' Beyond Pluto
2014-03-10 08:36:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has uncovered thousands of new stars during its multi-year mission, it has been unable to collect any evidence supporting the supposed existence of a large but unseen celestial body believed to be located somewhere beyond Pluto’s orbit. This supposed celestial body is commonly referred to as “Planet X” -- alternatively “Nemesis” or “Tyche." However, despite the...

2014-03-07 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X." http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit of Pluto. In...

Comet Find Is NEOWISE's First Since Activation
2014-03-01 06:14:41

[ Watch the Video: What's So Weird About A New Comet? ] DC Agle, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet - its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation late last year. "We are so pleased to have discovered this frozen visitor from the outermost reaches of our solar system," said Amy Mainzer, the mission's principal investigator from NASA's Jet Propulsion...

Responding To Potential Asteroid Redirect Mission Targets
2014-02-15 06:26:56

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory One year ago, on Feb. 15, 2013, the world was witness to the dangers presented by near-Earth Objects (NEOs) when a relatively small asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere, exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and releasing more energy than a large atomic bomb. Tracking near-Earth asteroids has been a significant endeavor for NASA and the broader astronomical community, which has discovered 10,713 known near-Earth objects to date. NASA is now pursuing new...

NASA Asks For Help From Citizen Scientists In Finding Planetary Nurseries
2014-01-31 05:14:28

[ Watch the Video: Help NASA Find Embryonic Planetary Systems ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA unveiled its ‘Disk Detective’ initiative on Thursday, inviting members of the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data generated by the agency’s Wide-field infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The data mining and analysis effort is NASA's largest ever crowdsourcing project, and the agency says its main goal is...

2014-01-30 12:21:39

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Disk Detective is NASA's largest crowdsourcing project whose primary goal is to produce publishable scientific results. It exemplifies a new commitment to...

asteroid tracks
2014-01-24 08:58:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Once a hibernating craft drifting silently through space, NEOWISE was repurposed and reactivated last month with a new mission – find asteroids and other potentially hazardous near-Earth objects (NEO). On Thursday, NASA announced that the probe has identified 857 minor bodies in our solar system, including 22 NEOs and four comets, in its first 25 days of operation. Three of these NEOs are new discoveries measuring hundreds of feet in...

Asteroid Discovery Comes After NASA Reactivates NEOWISE
2014-01-08 10:07:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Considering NASA’s recent budget cuts, re-purposing the space agency’s assets is more important than ever. One asset re-purposed by NASA, the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), has made its first discovery since coming out of hibernation last year: a never-before-seen asteroid dubbed 2013 YP139. Formerly known as the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), the orbiter was shut down in 2011 after...


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