WISE/NEOWISE Stories

Background: A black landscape with small stars. Left: A small Jupiter-like orb. Right: A larger reddish orb passes in front of a star.

A Solar Neighborhood Census, Thanks to NASA Citizen Science

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To take a census of nearby cosmic objects, sending out a survey won’t work. Scientists need to use many telescopes with different specializations to chart what is in the general neighborhood of the Sun. Looking to understand more about our…

Article2 months ago

NASA’s NEOWISE Extends Legacy With Decade of Near-Earth Object Data

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As the infrared space telescope continues its long-duration survey of the universe, it is creating a unique resource for future astronomers to make new discoveries. NASA’s NEOWISE mission has released its 10th year of infrared data – the latest in…

Article3 months ago

NASA’s NEOWISE Celebrates 10 Years, Plans End of Mission

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The asteroid and comet-hunting infrared space telescope has gathered an impressive haul of observations, but it’s now at the mercy of the Sun, which is accelerating its demise. NASA’s NEOWISE has had a busy decade. Since its reactivated mission began…

Article6 months ago

Data From NASA’s WISE Used to Preview Lucy Mission’s Asteroid Dinkinesh

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Researchers have utilized infrared survey data to refine the asteroid’s size and surface brightness in support of the Nov. 1 encounter by NASA’s Lucy mission. NASA’s Lucy mission will soon have its first asteroid encounter as the spacecraft travels through…

Article8 months ago

Caught in the Act: Astronomers Detect a Star Devouring a Planet

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A star nearing the end of its life swelled up and absorbed a Jupiter-size planet. In about 5 billion years, our Sun will go through a similar end-of-life transition.

Article1 year ago

Construction Begins on NASA’s Next-Generation Asteroid Hunter

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NEO Surveyor is the first purpose-built space telescope that will advance NASA’s planetary defense efforts by finding and tracking hazardous near-Earth objects. A space telescope designed to search for the hardest-to-find asteroids and comets that stray into Earth’s orbital neighborhood,…

Article1 year ago

NASA Telescope Takes 12-Year Time-Lapse Movie of Entire Sky

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Pictures of the sky can show us cosmic wonders; movies can bring them to life. Movies from NASA’s NEOWISE space telescope are revealing motion and change across the sky. Every six months, NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer,…

Article2 years ago

An Accidental Discovery Hints at a Hidden Population of Cosmic Objects

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Brown dwarfs aren’t quite stars and aren’t quite planets, and a new study suggests there might be more of them lurking in our galaxy than scientists previously thought. A new study offers a tantalizing explanation for how a peculiar cosmic…

Article3 years ago
This mosaic shows the entire sky imaged by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

An Accidental Discovery Hints at a Hidden Population of Cosmic Objects

7 min read

Brown dwarfs aren’t quite stars and aren’t quite planets, and a new study suggests there might be more of them lurking in our galaxy than scientists previously thought. A new study offers a tantalizing explanation for how a peculiar cosmic…

Article3 years ago

NASA’s TESS Discovers New Worlds in a River of Young Stars

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Using observations from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), an international team of astronomers has discovered a trio of hot worlds larger than Earth orbiting a much younger version of our Sun called TOI 451. The system resides in the…

Article3 years ago