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2012-08-23 10:20:31

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The briefing participants are: -- Daniel Stern, astronomer, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena,...

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...

2012-05-16 10:20:46

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to the best assessment yet of our solar system's population of potentially hazardous asteroids. The results reveal new information about their total numbers, origins and the possible dangers they may pose. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Potentially hazardous asteroids, or PHAs, are a subset of the larger group of near-Earth...

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....

2012-04-26 10:20:28

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) reveal an old star in the throes of a fiery outburst and 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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The star, catalogued as WISE J180956.27-330500.2, was discovered...

Image 1 - NASA Scientists Hunting Blazars Using WISE Telescope
2012-04-14 04:44:09

The hunt is on for a class of supermassive black holes, as scientists at NASA are using a infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope in order to hunt-down the compact quasars typically associated with the phenomenon, officials at the US space agency revealed on Thursday. Using data obtained from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers have discovered more than 200 of these blazing quasi-stellar objects, and the potential is there to find thousands of additional...

2012-04-12 10:20:17

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers are actively hunting a class of supermassive black holes throughout the universe called blazars thanks to data collected by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The mission has revealed more than 200 blazars and has the potential to find thousands more. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Blazars are among the most energetic objects in the universe. They consist of supermassive black...

NASA Reveals New Galaxy Catalog
2012-03-15 12:53:51

NASA has unveiled a new atlas of over 560 million stars, galaxies and asteroids captured by its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The new WISE exposures have combined into an atlas of over 18,000 images covering the sky and a catalog listing the infrared properties of more than 560 million objects. "Today, WISE delivers the fruit of 14 years of effort to the astronomical community," Edward Wright, WISE principal investigator at UCLA, said in a press release. WISE...