The Universe at a glance…

Well, several glances actually…  As spotted by the Guardian blog’s Tom McCarthy, NASA has released a new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky “showing more than a half billion stars, galaxies and other objects captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.”  And an impressive view it is. [Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA]   From the Nasa press release The sky can be thought of as a sphere that surrounds us in three dimensions. To make a map of …

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“The eyes of WISE have not blinked since launch”

Nasa marks the completion of the first survey of the entire sky by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer [WISE] with the release of a new image from the survey – a seven square degrees region including the Pleiades cluster.  Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA. WISE was launched in December last year and saw first light in January.  Here’s a short video medley of previously released images. More images, including this one of Tycho’s supernova remnant, at Nasa’s WISE image gallery.  Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA Pete …

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