WISE to Scan the Infrared Sky

by AMNH on

Hayden Planetarium Blog

WISE Spacecraft (Artwork)
The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's latest infrared space telescope—the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE—was launched on December 14, 2009. It recently began a six-month survey of the entire sky around Earth. With its unprecedented sensitivity, WISE will map the sky in wavelengths longer than the human eye can see, revealing previously unknown asteroids, brown dwarfs, and distant, dusty galaxies.

The WISE mission has partnered with the Hayden Planetarium to visualize these newly discovered objects in the Digital Universe 3-D Atlas. In anticipation, WISE team members created a simulation of WISE's potential brown dwarf discoveries. The Digital Universe team created a video fly-through of the simulated data, which is featured in the latest Astro Bulletin below. View the entire video, called The Solar Neighborhood After WISE, on the University of California's WISE website.