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News Archive / Tagged: NEOWISE

  • VIDEO: NEOWISE asteroid survey data released

    Laurel KornfeldApril 22nd, 2018

    Data collected over four years by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) has been publicly released by the mission team, accompanied by an animation that includes all asteroids and comets detected over the mission's duration.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NEOWISE detects two small objects approaching Earth’s orbit

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 30th, 2016

    A NASA mission whose goal is detecting asteroids and comets that come near Earth's orbit has recently spotted two: one a comet and one an apparent comet/asteroid hybrid, traveling in Earth's vicinity. Neither object presents any threat of impacting our planet.

  • 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.”

  • 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.