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  • A galaxy cluster 7.7 billion light-years away

    WISE Finds a Galactic Metropolis

    A galaxy cluster 7.7 billion light-years away has been discovered using infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The discovery image is shown in the main panel. The inset ...

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  • Trojan Colors Revealed (Artist's Concept)

    Trojan Colors Revealed (Artist's Concept)

    New results from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer, or WISE, reveal that the Jovian Trojans -- asteroids that lap the sun in the same orbit as Jupiter -- are uniformly dark with a hint of burgundy c...

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  • WISE telecon image

    Extremely Bright and Extremely Rare

    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....

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  • WISE telecon image

    Homing in on 'Hot Dogs'

    This image is a portion of the all-sky survey from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. It highlights the first of about 1,000 "hot DOGs" found by the mission (magenta circle). Hot DOG...

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  • WISE telecon image

    A WISE 'Eye' on the Whole Sky

    The entire sky as mapped by WISE at infrared wavelengths is shown here, with an artist's concept of the WISE satellite superimposed.

    Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

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  • A Sky Chock-Full of Black Holes

    A Sky Chock-Full of Black Holes

    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 billio...

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  • Exposing Black Holes Disguised in Dust

    Exposing Black Holes Disguised in Dust

    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. Quasars are supermassive black holes feeding off gas and...

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  • This plot illustrates the new population of

    Analyzing Hot DOG Galaxies

    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. These ...

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  • WISE telecon image

    Galaxies Burn Bright Like High-Wattage 'Light Bulbs'

    NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (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,"...

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  • This image shows a blazar -- a voracious supermassive black hole inside a galaxy with a jet that happens to be pointed right toward Earth.

    Lone Blazar

    This image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) shows a blazar -- a voracious supermassive black hole inside a galaxy with a jet that happens to be pointed right toward Earth. Th...

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  • This artist's concept shows a 'feeding,' or active, supermassive black hole with a jet streaming outward at nearly the speed of light.

    Cosmic Jets Coming at You

    This artist's concept shows a "feeding," or active, supermassive black hole with a jet streaming outward at nearly the speed of light. Such active black holes are often found at the hearts of elliptic...

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  • The light from this supernova first reached Earth from the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia around 1667 A.D.

    Echoes of a Stellar Ending

    Over 11,000 years ago, a massive, supergiant star came to the end of its life. The star's core collapsed to form an incredibly dense ball of neutrons, and its exterior was blasted away in an immense r...

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  • Mosaic of the Milky Way

    Mapping the Infrared Universe - The Entire WISE Sky

    This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release.

    The sky can be thought of as a sphe...

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  • Section of the Milky Way galaxy

    A Royal Celebration

    This enormous section of the Milky Way galaxy is a mosaic of images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The constellations Cassiopeia and Cepheus are featured in this 1,000-squar...

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  • Puppis A is the remnant of a supernova explosion

    Ancient Supernova Revealed

    About 3,700 years ago people on Earth would have seen a brand-new bright star in the sky. As it slowly dimmed out of sight, it was eventually forgotten, until modern astronomers found its remains -- c...

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  • Jabbah is the name of the bright star right of center, surrounded by a red colored dust cloud

    Jabbah and Associates

    No, it's not a gang of intergalactic mobsters from the famous Star Wars movies. Jabbah is the name of the bright star right of center, surrounded by a red colored dust cloud. The Arabic name means "th...

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  • Artist concept illustrating a flaring black hole

    Flaring Black Hole

    This artist's concept illustrates what the flaring black hole called GX 339-4 might look like. Infrared observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) reveal the best information ...

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  • Artist's concept shows a broken-up asteroid

    Searching for the Origins of the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

    Scientists think that a giant asteroid, which broke up long ago in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, eventually made its way to Earth and led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Data fr...

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  • Nebula IC 4601

    Dusty Reflections in the Scorpion's Claws

    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, or WISE. The constellation of Scorpius is promin...

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  • Star-forming cloud catalogued as NGC 281

    Does 'Pacman' have Teeth?

    In visible light, the star-forming cloud catalogued as NGC 281 in the constellation of Cassiopeia appears to be chomping through the cosmos, earning it the nickname the "Pacman" nebula after the famou...

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