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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer's large field of view and multi-wavelength infrared sight allowed it to form this complete view of the cluster, containing dozens of bright galaxies and hundreds of smaller ones.
PIA12835:
Fornax Galaxy Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the dust that speckles the Andromeda galaxy's spiral arms. The hot dust, which is being heated by newborn stars, traces the spidery arms all the way to the center of the galaxy.
PIA12834:
The Dirt on Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the Andromeda galaxy's older stellar population in blue. A pronounced warp in the disk of the galaxy, the aftermath of a collision with another galaxy, can be seen in the spiral arm.
PIA12833:
Warped Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, is captured in full in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. Andromeda is the closest large galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, and is located 2.5 million light-years from our sun.
PIA12832:
Our Neighbor Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This infrared image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a star-forming cloud teeming with gas, dust and massive newborn stars.
PIA12831:
Stellar Storm of Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-06 Carina Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This infrared snapshot of a region in the constellation Carina near the Milky Way was taken shortly after NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer ejected its cover. The 'first-lighy' picture shows thousands of stars and covers an area three times the s
PIA12486:
WISE 'First-Light' Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-06 Cassiopeia Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This mosaic of images from NASA's WISE Telescope is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This region contains a large star forming nebula within the Milky Way Galaxy, sometimes called the Heart Nebula, and is over 6 thousand light-years from Earth.
PIA12865:
Maffei 1 and 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This picture of the open star cluster NGC 7380 is a mosaic of images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission spanning an area on the sky of about 5 times the size of the full Moon.
PIA12868:
NGC 7380
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.
PIA12959:
Cosmic Rosebud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This mosaic from NASA's WISE Telescope is of the Soul Nebula. It is an open cluster of stars surrounded by a cloud of dust and gas located about 6,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia, near the Heart Nebula.
PIA13014:
Soul Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A leggy cosmic creature comes out of hiding in this new infrared view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The spiral beauty, called IC 342 and sometimes the 'hidden galaxy,' is shrouded behind our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
PIA13021:
Hiding Out Behind the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-16 Perseus Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is a view within the constellation Cassiopeia of another portion of the vast star forming complex that makes up part of the Perseus spiral arm of the Milky Way Galaxy.
PIA13044:
IC 1795
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is a view of an area of the sky over 12 times the size of the full Moon on the border of the constellations Sagittarius and Corona Australis.
PIA13064:
Star Clusters Young and Old, Near and Far
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-30 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This heroic image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is of a special cloud of dust and gas in the constellation Canis Major catalogued as NGC 2359, or more commonly known as Thor's Helmet.
PIA13083:
Thor's Helmet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-07 Perseus Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer features one of the bright stars in the constellation Perseus, named Menkhib, along with a large star forming cloud commonly called the California Nebula.
PIA13108:
Menkhib and the California Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, showcases the Tadpole nebula, and asteroids that just happened to be cruising by.
PIA13110:
Asteroid Caught Marching Across Tadpole Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The Seagull nebula, seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, draws its common name from it resemblance to a gull in flight.
PIA13111:
Seagull Nebula -- Running with the Big Dog
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a huge mosaic of two bubbling clouds in space, known as the Heart and Soul nebulae.
PIA13112:
Heart and Soul
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This mosaic image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is located in a constellation in the southern sky, Pavo, which is Latin for peacock.
PIA13114:
NGC 6744 -- A Sibling of the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer features comet 65/P Gunn. Comets are balls of dust and ice left over from the formation of the solar system. The comet's tail is seen here in red trailing off to the right of the comet's nucleus.
PIA13115:
WISE Catches Comet 65P/Gunn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Some might see a blood-red jellyfish, while others might see a pair of lips. In fact, the red-colored object in this new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a sphere of stellar innards.
PIA13116:
Jumbo Jellyfish or Massive Star?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows the nearby galaxy M83. This is a spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra, sometimes referred to as the southern Pinwheel galaxy.
PIA13117:
Southern Pinwheel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-06 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Sending chills down the spine of all arachnophobes is the Tarantula nebula, seen in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the nebula is the largest star-forming region known in our entire Local Group of galaxies.
PIA13118:
WISE Spies the Tarantula Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-12 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer takes in several interesting objects in the constellation Cassiopeia which are not easily seen in visible light. The red circle visible at upper left is SN 1572, often called Tycho's Supernova.
PIA13119:
Tycho's Supernova Remnant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image is an all-sky infrared map consisting of data taken by previous missions: the Infrared Astronomical Satellite; NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer; and the Two-Micron All-Sky Survey.
PIA13120:
WISE Eyes the Whole Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image shows the famous Pleiades cluster of stars as seen through the eyes of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; they are what astronomers call an open cluster of stars, loosely bound to each other to eventually go their separate ways.
PIA13121:
Seven Sisters Get WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-27 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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New stars are forming inside this giant cloud of dust and gas as seen in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, spanning across the constellation Vela.
PIA13122:
WISE Peers into the Stellar Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-03 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has seen a cluster of newborn stars enclosed in a cocoon of dust and gas in the constellation Camelopardalis.
PIA13123:
WISE Reveals a Hidden Star Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the Small Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years away. Located in the constellation Tucana, the Small Magellanic Cloud looks like a wispy cloud encircling the south celestial pole.
PIA13124:
WISE's View of a Wispy Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a favorite observing target of amateur astronomers, Omega Centauri. This celestial cluster of stars can be found in the constellation Centaurus.
PIA13125:
Omega Centauri
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Unicorns and roses are usually the stuff of fairy tales, but a new cosmic image taken by NASA's WISE mission shows the Rosette nebula in the constellation Monoceros, or the Unicorn.
PIA13126:
WISE Captures the Unicorn's Rose
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Galaxy Messier 74, with its spiral arms seen face-on, is in the center of this image captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, while an asteroid tracks its way across the sky.
PIA13376:
A Spiral Galaxy is Visited by a Trojan War Hero
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Nebulae are enormous clouds of dust and gas occupying the space between the stars. Simply called LBN 114.55+00.22, is seen here in an image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13127:
A Nebula by Any Other Name
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Gripped in the claw of the constellation Scorpius sits the reflection nebula DG 129, a cloud of gas and dust that reflects light from nearby, bright stars. This infrared view of the nebula was captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13128:
In the Grip of the Scorpion's Claw
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-29 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this image of a hidden star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Cepheus. What appears to the naked eye as the blackness of space is in fact a dark nebula.
PIA13129:
The Dark Heart of the King
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-22 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows the Lambda Centauri nebula, a star-forming cloud in our Milky Way galaxy, also known as the Running Chicken nebula.
PIA13451:
Chasing Chickens in the Lambda Centauri Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The Sculptor galaxy, or NGC 253, is seen in a rainbow of infrared colors in this mosaic by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The Sculptor galaxy can be seen by observers in the southern hemisphere with a pair of good binoculars.
PIA13440:
The Many Infrared 'Personalities' of the Sculptor Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The aptly named Cocoon nebula is featured in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This cloud of dust and gas is located in the constellation Cygnus, and is wrapped in a dark cloud of dust called Barnard 168.
PIA13441:
Cosmic Cocoon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-27 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this colorful image of the reflection nebula IRAS 12116-6001. This cloud of interstellar dust cannot be seen directly in visible light, but WISE's detectors observed the nebula at infrared wavelengths.
PIA13442:
Dark Reflections in the Southern Cross
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-02 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has uncovered a striking population of young stellar objects in a complex of dense, dark clouds in the southern constellation of Circinus.
PIA13443:
Star Formation in the Circinus Molecular Cloud Complex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-06 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This colorful picture is a mosaic of Messier 8, or the Lagoon nebula, taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This nebula is composed of clouds of gas and dust in which new stars are forming.
PIA13453:
WISE Catches the Lagoon Nebula in Center of Action
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The green dot in the middle of this image might look like an emerald amidst glittering diamonds, but is a dim star belonging to a class called brown dwarfs; it is the first ultra-cool brown dwarf discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13444:
Collecting Brown Dwarfs in the Night Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A colorful creature in a starry sea stands out in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer; infrared light that has been assigned visible colors we see with our eyes. The jellyfish-looking object is actually a very close pair of dying stars.
PIA13445:
Cosmic Ocean Dweller
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image composite shows two views of a puffy, dying star, or planetary nebula, known as NGC 1514. At left is a view from a ground-based, visible-light telescope; the view on the right shows the object in infrared light from NASA's WISE telescope.
PIA13446:
A Dying Star in a Different Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey captured this view of a runaway star racing away from its original home. Surrounded by a glowing cloud of gas and dust, the star AE Aurigae appears on fire. Appropriately, the cloud is called the Flaming Star nebula.
PIA13447:
WISE Catches a Runaway Star in Flames
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-02 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This mosaic image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, features three nebulae that are part of the giant Orion Molecular Cloud. Included in this view are the Flame nebula, the Horsehead nebula and NGC 2023.
PIA13448:
A Flame in Orion's Belt
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This oddly colorful nebula is the supernova remnant IC 443 as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the Jellyfish nebula is particularly interesting because it provides a look into how stellar explosions interact with their environment.
PIA13449:
An Explosion of Infrared Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-15 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer, the mission team put together this image showing just a sample of the millions of galaxies that have been imaged by WISE during its survey of the entire sky.
PIA13450:
A Collage of Nearby Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-04 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows of one of our closest neighboring galaxies, Messier 33. Also named the Triangulum galaxy, M33 is one of largest members in our small neighborhood of galaxies -- the Local Group.
PIA13452:
WISE Spies a Galactic Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer features two stunning galaxies engaged in an intergalactic dance. The galaxies, Messier 81 and Messier 82, swept by each other a few hundred million years ago.
PIA13454:
WISE Beholds a Pair of Dancing Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi. Zeta Ophiuchi is actually a very massive, hot, bright blue star plowing its way through a large cloud of interstellar dust and gas in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13455:
Zeta Ophiuchi -- Runaway Star Plowing through Space Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-01 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows four galaxies in the Virgo cluster: Messier 59, Messier 60, NGC 4647, and NGC 4638. It also shows the tracks of three asteroids, which appear in this image as trails of green dots.
PIA13456:
Asteroids in Virgo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-01 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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During its one-year mission, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, mapped the entire sky in infrared light. Among the multitudes of astronomical bodies that have been discovered by the NEOWISE portion of the WISE mission are 20 comets.
PIA13457:
Comets WISE -- A Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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On the morning of February 1, 2011, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, took its last snapshot of the sky. WISE's final picture shows thousands of stars in a patch of the Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Perseus.
PIA13458:
WISE's Last Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-19 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this colorful image of the nebula BFS 29 surrounding the star CE-Camelopardalis, found hovering in the band of the night sky comprising the Milky Way.
PIA13459:
Supergiant Star Near Giraffe's Hind Foot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-01 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This large mosaic image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, features the wreckage of an exploded star, as well as other stars nearing the end of their lives.
PIA13885:
Beyond the Veil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-04 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, captured this image of a star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Monoceros. Sh2-284 is relatively isolated at the very end of an outer spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13904:
Pointing a Finger at Star Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this image of the star Alpha Camelopardalis, or Alpha Cam speeding through the sky like a motorcyclist zipping through rush-hour traffic. The supergiant star Alpha Cam is the bright star in the middle.
PIA13908:
Speed-Demon Star Creates a Shock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, features a region of star birth wrapped in a blanket of dust, colored green in this infrared view.
PIA13933:
A Celestial Shamrock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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There's something special going on in the nearby Circinus galaxy, as revealed by this image from NASA's WISE telescope. The Circinus galaxy is located in the constellation of Circinus and is obscured by the plane of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13942:
A Super Special Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-01 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A rich collection of colorful astronomical objects is revealed in this picturesque image of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer; the cloud is found rising above the plane of the Milky Way in the night sky.
PIA13974:
WISE Unveils a Treasure Trove of Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-08 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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In the Perseus spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy, opposite the galactic center, lies the nebula SH 2-235. As seen in infrared light, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer reveals SH 2-235 to be a huge star formation complex.
PIA13995:
WISE Eyes Evolution of Massive Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image is a map of the portion of the sky covered by the preliminary release of WISE data. WISE surveyed the entire sky in four infrared wavelengths in 2010. This map is centered on the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14039:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: Part 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows a giant nebula around Lambda Orionis, inflating Orion's head to huge proportions.
PIA14040:
Orion's Big Head Revealed in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a little like the Vincent van Gogh of the infrared sky, providing the world with picturesque images of the cosmos by representing infrared light through color. This image is the nebula NGC 2174.
PIA14091:
The 'van Gogh' of the Infrared Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows three different nebulae located in the constellation of Perseus. NGC 1491 is seen on the right side of the image, SH 2-209 is on the left side and BFS 34 lies in between.
PIA14092:
Nebulae: Not as Close as They Appear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Star clusters such as the Pleiades are often considered some of the most beautiful objects in the sky. This image of the star cluster NGC 2259 is from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA14096:
Star Cluster Overshadowed by Infrared Objects
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A colorful collection of galaxy specimens from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission showcases galaxies of several types, from elegant grand design spirals to more patchy flocculent spirals.
PIA14098:
The Galaxy Menagerie from WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Best known as a swan winging its way across the night, the constellation Cygnus is easily seen in the northern hemisphere's summertime sky. NASA's WISE telescope captured this image of a huge complex of star-forming clouds and stellar clusters.
PIA14102:
Star Formation in the Heart of the Swan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image of the Elephant's Trunk nebula from NASA's Wide-field Survey Explorer shows clouds of dust and gas being pushed and eroded by a massive star. The bright 'trunk' of the nebula near the center is an especially dense cloud.
PIA14103:
Blowin' in the Stellar Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights several star-forming regions. There are five distinct centers of star birth in this one image alone. The largest, brightest cloud, in the upper right is known as Gum 22.
PIA14105:
Star Formation Everywhere You Look
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This stellar object is called Spitzer 073425.3-465409, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the cloud CG4 might be imagined as a cosmic alligator eating its way across the sky.
PIA14108:
Cosmic Alligator Eats its Way through the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A large spiral galaxy dominates this view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The galaxy, often called the Pinwheel galaxy, was designated object 101 in astronomer Charles Messier's catalog of fuzzy things in the sky that are not comets.
PIA14403:
M 101: The Pinwheel Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-27 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept illustrates the first known Earth Trojan asteroid, discovered by NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of NASA's WISE mission. The asteroid is shown in gray and its extreme orbit is shown in green. Objects are not drawn to scale.
PIA14404:
Trojan Asteroid Shares Orbit with Earth (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Asteroid 2010 TK7, the first known Earth Trojan asteroid, is circled in green, in this single frame taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The majority of the other dots are stars or galaxies far beyond our solar system.
PIA14405:
A Glimmer in the Eye of WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has uncovered the coldest brown dwarf known so far (green dot in very center of this infrared image). WISE 1828+2650 is located in the constellation Lyra. The blue dots are a mix of stars and galaxies.
PIA14721:
Reigning Title-Holder for Coldest Brown Dwarf
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows exceptionally cold, dense cloud cores seen in silhouette against the bright diffuse infrared glow of the plane of the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14723:
Dark Murky Clouds in the Bright Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept illustrates what the flaring black hole called GX 339-4 might look like. Infrared observations from NASA's WISE reveal the best information yet on the chaotic and extreme environments of this black hole's jets.
PIA14730:
Flaring Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-26 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer observed the star-forming cloud NGC 281 in the constellation of Cassiopeia as it appears to be chomping through the cosmos, earning it the nickname the 'Pacman' nebula.
PIA14873:
Does 'Pacman' Have Teeth?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Between the claws of the dreaded scorpion imagined by the ancient Greeks lies this giant dust cloud, imaged by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The constellation of Scorpius is prominent in the summer night sky in North America.
PIA14874:
Dusty Reflections in the Scorpion's Claws
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer takes in an area of the sky in the constellation of Scorpius surrounding Jabbah (Arabic name means 'the forehead of the scorpion') which is larger than a grid of eight by eight full moons.
PIA14881:
Jabbah and Associates
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Seen as a red dusty cloud in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Puppis A is the remnant of a supernova explosion.
PIA14884:
Ancient Supernova Revealed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-22 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission presents the 'Wreath nebula.' The nebula's official name is Barnard 3, or IRAS Ring G159.6-18.5. Regions similar to this nebula are found near the band of the Milky Way galaxy in the night sky.
PIA15252:
A Cosmic Wreath
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This enormous section of the Milky Way galaxy is a mosaic of images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The constellations Cassiopeia and Cepheus are featured in this 1,000-square degree expanse.
PIA15256:
A Royal Celebration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Listed as Cassiopeia A, this remnant of the supernova is one of the brightest radio sources in the known universe. More recently, NASA's WISE telescope detected infrared echoes of the flash of light rippling outwards from the supernova.
PIA15480:
Echoes of a Stellar Ending
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release. In this mosaic, the Milky Way Galaxy runs horizontally across the map.
PIA15481:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky
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This mosaic of images covering the entire sky was observed by NASA's WISE telescope and is part of its All-Sky Data Release. The projection used in this image of the sky is called an 'equirectangular.'
PIA15482:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky -- Rectangular Format
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-12 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's WISE spacecraft shows a blazar, a voracious supermassive black hole inside a galaxy with a jet that happens to be pointed right toward Earth. Active black holes are often found at the hearts of elliptical galaxies.
PIA15424:
Lone Blazar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-26 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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It's a dust bunny of cosmic proportions. Astronomers used images from NASA's WISE to locate an aging star shedding loads of dust (orange dot at upper left).
PIA15428:
Dusty Star Stands Out From the Rest
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of NASA's WISE mission, illustrates the differences between orbits of a typical near-Earth asteroid (blue) and a potentially hazardous asteroid, or PHA (orange). PHAs are a subset of the near-Earth asteroids (NEAs).
PIA15627:
Edge-on View of Near-Earth Asteroids
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Results from NASA's NEOWISE survey find that more potentially hazardous asteroids, or PHAs, are closely aligned with the plane of our solar system than previous models suggested.
PIA15628:
The Hustle and Bustle of our Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-08 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image shows our own back yard, astronomically speaking, from a vantage point about 30 light-years away from the sun. It highlights the population of tiny brown dwarfs recently discovered by NASA's WISE. The image simulates actual positions of stars.
PIA15637:
Highlighting our Tiniest Neighbors Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-02 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The Flame Nebula sits on the eastern hip of Orion the Hunter, a constellation most easily visible in the northern hemisphere during winter evenings in this view from NASA's WISE Telescope.
PIA15635:
A Different View of the Flame Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-29 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The entire sky as mapped by NASA's WISE at infrared wavelengths is shown here, with an artist's concept of the WISE satellite superimposed.
PIA15809:
A WISE 'Eye' on the Whole Sky (Aartist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-29 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's WISE has identified about 1,000 extremely obscured objects over the sky, as marked by the magenta symbols. These hot dust-obscured galaxies, or 'hot DOGs,' are turning out to be among the most luminous.
PIA15812:
Galaxies Burn Bright Like High-Wattage 'Light Bulbs'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-29 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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With its all-sky infrared survey, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has identified millions of quasar candidates. Quasars are supermassive black holes with masses millions to billions times greater than our sun.
PIA15810:
A Sky Chock-Full of Black Holes
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This zoomed-in view of a portion of the all-sky survey from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a collection of quasar candidates (shown in yellow circles). Quasars are supermassive black holes feeding off gas and dust.
PIA15811:
Exposing Black Holes Disguised in Dust
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This plot illustrates the new population of 'hot DOGs,' or hot dust-obscured objects, found by WISE. The purple band represents the range of brightness observed for the extremely dusty objects.
PIA15815:
Analyzing Hot DOG Galaxies
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This image zooms in on the region around the first 'hot DOG' (red object in magenta circle), discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Hot DOGs are hot dust-obscured galaxies.
PIA15813:
Extremely Bright and Extremely Rare
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This image is a portion of the all-sky survey from NASA's WISE. It highlights the first of about 1,000 'hot DOGs' found by the mission (magenta circle). Hot DOGs are hot dust-obscured galaxies and are among the most powerful galaxies known.
PIA15814:
Homing in on 'Hot Dogs'
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