NASA Releases Data From Its WISE Sky Mapping Mission (Photo)

By on Apr 17, 2011 in Astronomy, Science Comments
Image Credit: NASA

NASA has released a valuable amount of data gathered by its sky-mapping mission to provide everyone the needed information about the millions of galaxies, stars, asteroids and other unknown objects that cannot easily be seen, according to a news from the agency’s official website.

Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) was launched in December 2009 to scan the cosmos in finer detail using an infrared telescope. WISE can find dusty, cold and distant objects that cannot be seen through regular telescopes using its ability to detect heat glow.

During its 14-month exploration, WISE has mapped the sky for 1.5 times and gathered 2.5 million images.

According to the NASA news, some of the new significant discoveries includes over 33,000 new asteroids floating between Mars and Jupiter and 20 comets.

WISE went into hibernation in February 2011 as it ran out of coolant since October 2010.

NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was tasked to manage the WISE project.

Below are some of the images from NASA that are taken by WISE. Click the page number below to navigate through the images.

Rosette Nebula’s infrared image taken by NASA’s WISE telescope in its Sky Mapping mission
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

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