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News Archive / Tagged: WISE

  • Large, distant comets more common than previously thought

    Ocean McIntyreAugust 13th, 2017

    Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft has shown that large, distant comets are more common than previously thought, according to research published in the Astronomical Journal. These "long-period comets" originate from the distant Oort Cloud.

  • Brown dwarf discovered with the help of citizen scientists

    Ocean McIntyreJuly 20th, 2017

    Sometimes in science, when you search for one thing, you end up finding something completely different. Such is the case with the search for the thus far elusive Planet Nine and the citizen scientists who ended up finding a brown dwarf instead.

  • NASA’s NEOWISE mission discovers 97 new asteroids, comets

    Laurel KornfeldJune 13th, 2017

    During its third year of operation, NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) discovered 97 hitherto unknown objects in the Solar System: 64 are main-belt asteroids, 28 are near-Earth objects (NEOs), and five are comets.

  • Website funded by NASA enables citizens to search for objects beyond Neptune

    Collin SkocikFebruary 26th, 2017

    With the groundbreaking discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the red dwarf TRAPPIST-1, readers might be interested to know that NASA has a website called "Backyard Worlds: Planet 9" – which allows everyday people to participate in the search for new worlds.

  • Storm similar to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot detected on low mass star

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 13th, 2015

    A large, cloudy storm has been detected on a tiny, cool star known as W1906+40 by scientists using NASA's Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes. The finding marks the first time clouds and a storm similar to Jupiter's Great Red Spot have been found on a star rather than on a planet.

  • NASA’s WISE detects universe’s most luminous galaxy

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 29th, 2015

    NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE ) has recently discovered a remote galaxy so luminous, it shines with the light of 300 trillion suns. This galaxy easily wins the title of most luminous in the ‘verse, and is the latest specimen in a relatively new class of galaxy called Extremely Luminous Infrared Galaxies, or ELIRG for […]

  • WISE Symposium rallies women in aerospace, science, engineering

    Rae Botsford EndSeptember 15th, 2014

    PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla – The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC ) at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida hosted their first Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Symposium Sept. 10-11. The event was created to help encourage diversity not just in the general world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) but in AFTAC […]

  • Telescope duo discover Sun’s chilly neighbor

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 2nd, 2014

    NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) teamed up with the Spitzer Space Telescope to make a very “cool” discovery – a stellar version of our North Pole.  The frigid new star, classified as a brown dwarf, is the fourth closest star system to the Sun at a distance of approximately 7.2 light-years away. Our Sun’s […]

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope brings 360-degree view of galaxy to our fingertips

    Press ReleaseMarch 22nd, 2014

    Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

  • NASA’s WISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no ‘Planet X’

    Press ReleaseMarch 11th, 2014

    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.”

  • NEOWISE spots its first comet

    Jim SharkeyMarch 6th, 2014

    NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet. The comet, named C/2014 C3 (NEOWISE), is the first one discovered by the spacecraft since it was revived from hibernation late last year.

  • NASA-Sponsored ‘Disk Detective’ Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries

    Press ReleaseFebruary 3rd, 2014

    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.

  • New asteroid spotted by reactivated NASA spacecraft

    Britt RawcliffeJanuary 8th, 2014

    On December 29 2013, NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft, which came out of hibernation in September of last year, has detected a never-before-seen asteroid. The moving, near-Earth asteroid, designated 2013 YP139, was spotted by sophisticated software which stood out against a background of stationary stars.

  • Massive Black Hole duo: possible sighting by NASA’s WISE

    Press ReleaseDecember 7th, 2013

    Astronomers have spotted what appear to be two supermassive black holes at the heart of a remote galaxy, circling each other like dance partners. The incredibly rare sighting was made with the help of NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.