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Spotting Distant Galaxy Clusters With WISE
2012-12-07 05:33:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As grand and colorful as it is, our solar system is a fleck in the grander cosmos. Our Milky Way galaxy has hundreds of billions of solar systems, yet it is only just a drop in the sea of galaxies. Galaxy clusters, the rarest and largest of galaxy groupings, can be the hardest to find, which is where NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) becomes helpful. So far, the mission's all-sky infrared maps have revealed one...

Asteroids Following Jupiter’s Solar Orbit Show Their True Colors
2012-10-16 08:51:09

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Jovian asteroids that orbit the Sun on the same trajectory as the gas giant Jupiter have been studied more closely by scientists using NASA´s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). These asteroids travel in packs, like hungry wolves stalking their prey, some racing ahead of the gas giant, while others trail behind. The observations of these Jovian predators are the first detailed look at their true colors. Scientists...

Black Holes Abound - In The Millions
2012-08-29 14:25:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Millions of black holes have been discovered, as well as extreme galaxies called hot DOGs using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The telescope has helped reveal millions of dusty black hole candidates throughout the universe, and about 1,000 dustier objects that are thought to be the brightest galaxies ever found called dust-obscured galaxies, or hot DOGs. "WISE has exposed a menagerie of hidden objects,"...

2012-08-23 15:41:32

NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Aug. 29, to announce new discoveries from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The discoveries are related to the distant universe, including supermassive black holes and rare galaxies. The briefing participants are: -- Daniel Stern, astronomer, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif. -- Peter Eisenhardt, WISE project scientist, JPL -- Jingwen Wu, astronomer, JPL -- Rachel Somerville,...

Flame On! New Image Shows Flame Nebula In Its Full Glory
2012-07-03 12:28:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The cosmos is full of outstanding imagery, and a new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has shot back another outstanding image back to Earth. The latest image, released on Monday, shows a Flame nebula located in the Orion complex, lighting up a cavern of dust. The Nebula is sitting on the eastern hip of Orion the Hunter, which is a constellation that can be seen with the naked eye in the northern...

Wise Finds Fewer Brown Dwarfs Than Expected
2012-06-10 04:49:55

Astronomers are getting to know the neighbors better. Our sun resides within a spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy about two-thirds of the way out from the center. It lives in a fairly calm, suburb-like area with an average number of stellar residents. Recently, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has been turning up a new crowd of stars close to home: the coldest of the brown dwarf family of "failed" stars. Now, just as scientists are "meeting and greeting" the new...

WISE Catches Cosmic Dust Bunny
2012-04-27 03:13:54

Images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) reveal an old star in the throes of a fiery outburst, spraying the cosmos with dust. The findings offer a rare, real-time look at the process by which stars like our sun seed the universe with building blocks for other stars, planets and even life. The star, catalogued as WISE J180956.27-330500.2, was discovered in images taken during the WISE survey in 2010, the most detailed infrared survey to date of the entire celestial sky....


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