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  • a dim star belonging to a class called brown dwarfs

    Cool Star is a Gem of a Find

    11.09.10 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has eyed its first cool brown dwarf: a tiny, ultra-cold star floating all alone in space.

  • Sculptor Galaxy Seen as Infrared Rainbow

    The Many Infrared 'Personalities' of the Sculptor Galaxy

    10.13.10 - The Sculptor galaxy is seen in a rainbow of infrared colors by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

  • Comet 103P/Hartley

    WISE Captures Key Images of Comet Mission's Destination

    10.05.10 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, caught a glimpse of the comet that the agency's EPOXI mission will visit in November.

  • Artist's concept of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

    NASA's WISE Mission Warms up but Keeps Chugging Along

    10.04.10 - After completing its primary mission to map the infrared sky, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has reached the expected end of its onboard supply of frozen coolant.

  • Rosette nebula

    WISE Captures the Unicorn's Rose

    08.25.10 - 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.

  • Artist's concept of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

    WISE Spacecraft Warming Up

    08.10.10 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is warming up. Team members say the spacecraft is running out of the frozen coolant needed to keep its heat-sensitive instrument chilled.

  • Pleiades cluster of stars seen in infrared

    NASA's WISE Mission to Complete Extensive Sky Survey

    07.16.10 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, will complete its first survey of the entire sky on July 17, 2010.

  • This artist's conception shows simulated data predicting the hundreds of failed stars, or brown dwarfs

    The Coolest Stars Come Out of the Dark

    06.24.10 - Astronomers have uncovered what appear to be 14 of the coldest stars known in our universe.

  • A sphere of stellar innards, blown out from a humongous star

    Jumbo Jellyfish or Massive Star?

    06.17.10 - 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 WISE is a sphere of stellar innards.

  • Asteroids and comets observed so far by WISE

    WISE Makes Progress on Its Space Rock Catalog

    05.24.10 - NASA's WISE is busy surveying the landscape of the infrared sky, building up a catalog of cosmic specimens -- everything from distant galaxies to "failed" stars, called brown dwarfs.

  • Heart and Soul nebulae in this infrared mosaic

    WISE Telescope has Heart and Soul

    05.24.10 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured a huge mosaic of two bubbling clouds in space, known as the Heart and Soul nebulae.

  • near-Earth asteroid discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer

    NASA's WISE Eye Spies Near-Earth Asteroid

    01.25.10 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has spotted its first never-before-seen near-Earth asteroid, the first of hundreds it is expected to find during its mission to map the whole sky in infrared light.

  • Infrared snapshot of a region in the constellation Carina near the Milky Way taken shortly after NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) ejected its cover.

    NASA's WISE Eye Spies First Glimpse of the Starry Sky

    01.06.10 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured its first look at the starry sky that it will soon begin surveying in infrared light.

  • Artist's concept of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

    NASA's WISE Space Telescope Jettisons its Cover

    12.29.09 - NASA's recently launched Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer opened its eyes to the starry sky today, after ejecting its protective cover.

  • Infrared image of WISE launch

    Prepping WISE to Pop Its Lens Cap

    12.22.09 - Engineers are getting ready to eject the cover on NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which launched from Vandengerg Air Force Base, Calif., on Dec. 14.

  • WISE launch

    WISE Begins All-Sky Survey Mission

    12.14.09 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, lifted off over the Pacific Ocean this morning on its way to map the entire sky in infrared light.

  • WISE in the fairing mate

    WISE Launch Rescheduled for December 14

    12.10.09 - The launch of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is now rescheduled for Dec. 14.

  • WISE in the fairing mate

    WISE Launch Delayed 24 Hours

    12.10.09 - Liftoff of a Delta II rocket and its NASA payload, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), has been delayed 24 hours.

  • Artist's concept of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

    NASA's WISE Set to Blast Off and Map the Skies

    12.09.09 - The countdown clock is ticking, with just days to go before the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, rockets into space on a mission to map the entire sky in infrared light.

  • WISE in the fairing mate

    WISE Snug in Its Nose Cone

    11.30.09 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has been wrapped in the outer nose cone, or "fairing," that will protect it during its scheduled Dec. 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.