Jan 30, 2014 – NASA-Sponsored 'Disk Detective' Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries
NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the WISE mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. Visit
Dec 3, 2013 – Two Black Holes on Way to Becoming One
NASA's WISE helped lead astronomers to what appears to be a new example of a dancing black hole duo. Visit
Nov 13, 2013 – AllWISE Data Release
The WISE and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the AllWISE Data Release. The AllWISE program combines data from WISE cryogenic and NEOWISE post-cryogenic survey phases, to form the most comprehensive view of the mid-infrared sky currently available. A quick guide to the AllWISE data release, data access instructions and supporting documentation is available at IPAC. Visit
Oct 31, 2013 – Galaxy Growth Examined Like Rings of a Tree
New evidence from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) missions provide support for the "inside-out" theory of galaxy evolution, which holds that star formation starts at the core of the galaxy and spreads outward. Visit
Aug 21, 2013 – WISE Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids
NASA's WISE, a spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation, will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration missions. Visit
Aug 1, 2013 – Monster Galaxies Lose Their Appetite With Age
Our universe is filled with gobs of galaxies, bound together by gravity into larger families called clusters. Lying at the heart of most clusters is a monster galaxy thought to grow in size by merging with neighboring galaxies, a process astronomers call galactic cannibalism.
New research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is showing that, contrary to previous theories, these gargantuan galaxies appear to slow their growth over time, feeding less and less off neighboring galaxies. Visit
July 25, 2013 – WISE Finds Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets
The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics. Are they asteroids or comets? A new study of observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) finds most centaurs are comets. Visit
May 30, 2013 – WISE Finds Lost Asteroid Family Members
Data from WISE have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Astronomers used millions of infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE all-sky survey, called NEOWISE, to identify 28 new asteroid families. Visit
May 22, 2013 – 2013 NEOWISE Post-Cryo Data Release
NEOWISE and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the
2013 NEOWISE Post-Cryo Data Release, consisting of over 900,000 3.4 and 4.6
micron images and a database of over 7.3 billion source detections extracted
from those images, acquired by WISE between Sept. 29, 2010 and Feb. 1, 2011 after the satellite's sold hydrogen cryogen was completely exhausted. Visit
Apr 23, 2013 – Galaxy Goes Green in Burning Stellar Fuel
Astronomers have spotted the "greenest" of galaxies, one that converts fuel into stars with almost 100-percent efficiency.
The findings come from NASA's WISE, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the IRAM Plateau de Bure interferometer in the French Alps.
"This galaxy is remarkably efficient," said Jim Geach of McGill University in Canada, lead author of a new study appearing in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. "It's converting its gas supply into new stars at the maximum rate thought possible." Visit