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Celebrating 10 Years of the WISE Spacecraft

December 15, 2019

Just before sunrise on Dec. 14, 2009, a Delta-II rocket lifted off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base…
Comet C/2019 Q4 as imaged by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii's Big Island on Sept. 10, 2019. Credits: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Newly Discovered Comet Is Likely Interstellar Visitor

September 13, 2019

A newly discovered comet has excited the astronomical community this week because it appears to have originated from…
NEOWISE Celebrates Five Years of Asteroid Data

April 16, 2019

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission released its fifth year of survey data on April…
Citizen Scientist Finds Ancient White Dwarf Star Encircled by Puzzling Rings

February 20, 2019

A volunteer working with the NASA-led Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project has found the oldest and coldest known…
NASA Satellites Spot Young Star in Growth Spurt

December 19, 2018

An adolescent star in the midst of a dramatic growth phase has been observed with the help of…
The Most Luminous Galaxy Is Eating Its Neighbors

November 16, 2018

The most luminous galaxy ever discovered is cannibalizing not one, not two, but at least three of its…
NEOWISE Thermal Data Reveal Surface Properties of Over 100 Asteroids

June 2, 2018

Nearly all asteroids are so far away and so small that the astronomical community only knows them as…
Four Years of NASA NEOWISE Data

April 21, 2018

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its fourth year of survey data. Since…
Large Asteroid to Safely Pass Earth on Sept. 1

August 18, 2017

Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance…
Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

July 25, 2017

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to…
NASA-funded Citizen Science Project Discovers New Brown Dwarf

July 19, 2017

One night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object…
NASA’s Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine

June 6, 2017

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data, with…
NASA-funded Website Lets the Public Search for New Nearby Worlds

February 17, 2017

NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our…
NASA’s NEOWISE Mission Spies One Comet, Maybe Two

December 30, 2016

NASA’s NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry…
Studies Find Echoes of Black Holes Eating Stars

September 16, 2016

Supermassive black holes, with their immense gravitational pull, are notoriously good at clearing out their immediate surroundings by…
NASA’s WISE, Fermi Missions Reveal a Surprising Blazar Connection

August 26, 2016

Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different…
X Marks the Spot for Milky Way Formation

July 20, 2016

A new understanding of our galaxy’s structure began in an unlikely way: on Twitter. A research effort sparked…
‘Frankenstein’ Galaxy Surprises Astronomers

July 12, 2016

About 250 million light-years away, there’s a neighborhood of our universe that astronomers had considered quiet and unremarkable.…
Lone Planetary-Mass Object Found in Family of Stars

April 20, 2016

In 2011, astronomers announced that our galaxy is likely teeming with free-floating planets. In fact, these lonely worlds,…
Young, unattached Jupiter analog found in solar neighborhood

April 8, 2016

A team of astronomers from Carnegie and Western University in Ontario, Canada, has discovered one of the youngest and…
NASA Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the Universe

February 19, 2016

After years of preparatory studies, NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets…
Strange Star Likely Swarmed by Comets

November 25, 2015

A star called KIC 8462852 has been in the news recently for unexplained and bizarre behavior. NASA’s Kepler…
NEOWISE Identifies Greenhouse Gases in Comets

November 24, 2015

After its launch in 2009, NASA’s NEOWISE spacecraft observed 163 comets during the WISE/NEOWISE prime mission. This sample…
Secondhand Spacecraft Has Firsthand Asteroid Experience

November 12, 2015

The NEOWISE mission hunts for near-Earth objects (NEOs) using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft. Funded by…
Whopping Galaxy Cluster Spotted with Help of NASA Telescopes

November 4, 2015

Astronomers have discovered a giant gathering of galaxies in a very remote part of the universe, thanks to…
WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

May 22, 2015

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data…
100,000 Galaxies, and No Obvious Signs of Life

April 21, 2015

Beam us up, Scotty. There’s no signs of intelligent life out there. At least, noobvious signs, according to…
Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies

April 16, 2015

After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from…
NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Data Available to Public

March 26, 2015

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE)…
Volunteer ‘Disk Detectives’ Top 1 Million Classifications of Possible Planetary Habitats

January 7, 2015

A NASA-sponsored website designed to crowdsource analysis of data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission…
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