WISE Up! NASA Space Telescope Captures New Images

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February 17, 2010: NASA releases the first images from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). WISE’s primary mission is to survey the entire sky in infrared, though it’s also tasked with tracking asteroids, comets, and other objects.

Here, a star-forming cloud is shown teeming with gas, dust and massive newborn stars. The inset was taken in visible light by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, and reveals the cloud’s center, a cluster of stars called NGC 3603.

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WISE captures light seen by the longest-wavelength infrared detectors, highlighting the dust on the Andromeda galaxy’s spiral arms.

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The Comet Sliding Spring, first discovered in 2007 by observers in Australia, streaks across the sky.

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The shortest-wavelength camera on WISE highlights the Andromeda galaxy’s older stellar population in blue.

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The galaxy cluster Fornax, which is located 60 million light-years from Earth.

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WISE captures the Andromeda Galaxy using all four of its infrared detectors. The mosaic covers an area equivalent to more than 100 full moons, or five degrees across the sky.

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