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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....

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...

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...

2012-03-15 11:34:59

A new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky with more than a half-billion stars, galaxies and other objects captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission was unveiled by NASA Wednesday. "Today WISE delivers the fruit of 14 years of effort to the astronomical community," said Edward L. (Ned) Wright, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy and the mission's principal investigator, who began working on the mission in 1998. A 10-foot unmanned satellite...

New WISE Image Captures Cosmic Star Birth
2012-01-11 10:35:37

A new, large mosaic from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) showcases a vast stretch of cosmic clouds bubbling with new star birth. The region -- a 1,000-square-degree chunk of our Milky Way galaxy -- is home to numerous star-forming clouds, where massive stars have blown out bubbles in the gas and dust. "Massive stars sweep up and destroy their natal clouds, but they continuously spark new stars to form along the way," said WISE Mission Scientist Dave Leisawitz of NASA...

Image 1 - Earth Safer Than Previously Thought From Mid-Size Asteroids
2011-09-29 11:57:27

[ Watch the Video ] New asteroid population numbers given by NASA shows that Earth isn't as threatened as previously thought by the space rocks. NASA announced on Thursday that its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explore (WISE) has found that there are significantly less near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought. Astronomers believe there are about 19,500 mid-size near-Earth asteroids, which is over 15,000 less than previously thought. Scientists say this...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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