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Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer

(WISE)
(infrared space telescope aimed at an all-sky survey)

Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is a satellite launched in December 2009, aimed at a 1 year mission. The aim was to image the whole sky in Infrared (IR), aiming to observe stellar nurseries and to detect Asteroids. A reason to use infrared is that it penetrates Cosmic Dust.

It surveyed four Wavelengths in the infrared bands:

WISE LabelBand
w13.4 micrometers
w24.5 micrometers
w312 micrometers
w422 micrometers

Differences in these, e.g., w1-w2 and w2-w3 are useful in identifying obscured Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN).


(telescope,space,NASA,reflector,space)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide-field_Infrared_Survey_Explorer
http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu/
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3.4um88THz365meVbeginWide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer
22um14THz56meVendWide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer
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WISEWISE 1506+7027Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer 

Referenced by:
Hot DOG
NASA
Wide Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE)
WISE 1506+7027

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