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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, aiming to observe stellar nurseries and to detect asteroids. A reason for such an infrared mission is that infrared penetrates dust. It surveyed four wavelengths in the infrared:

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.

The spacecraft was put in hibernation while still operational when the intended mission was completed. It was revived in 2013 for a new mission, NEOWISE (for Near Earth Object WISE), specifically to search for near-Earth objects, and is still active as of 2020.


(telescope,NASA,reflector,spacecraft,near-Earth objects,all sky)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide-field_Infrared_Survey_Explorer
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010AJ....140.1868W/abstract
http://wise2.ipac.caltech.edu/docs/release/allsky/
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/main/index.html
http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu/mission.html
https://neowise.ipac.caltech.edu/
WaveLFreqPhoton
Energy
  
3.4μm88THz365meVbeginWide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
22μm14THz56meVendWide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
PrefixExample  
WISEWISE 1506+7027 
WISEPWISEP J004701.06+680352.1preliminary release catalog

Referenced by pages:
hot DOG
Luhman 16
NASA
Scholz's Star
TW Hydrae association (TWA)
Wide Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE)
WISE 0855-0714
WISE 1506+7027

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