Posts Tagged ‘Infrared’

OH A WISE Guy – eh?

December 21, 2009
WISE Spacecraft.  Source:  NASA/JPL

WISE Spacecraft. Source: NASA/JPL

Somewhere up there Curly Howard is nyuck nyuck nyucking over this one. NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer¬† – or WISE – spacecraft left the pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base – is now on its way to scan the heavens in unprecedented ways.

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NASA hopes WISE will orbit the earth from pole to pole for about ten months – snapping millions of infrared images – casting a wide net for cool things – and I mean that literally – things like brown dwarfs – an near earth asteroids and comets – which are hard for us to see otherwise.

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