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scientists are preparing to put a large, high-resolution infrared camera into orbit that will give a much clearer picture of what is in ''our solar neighbourhood''.
Because most telescopes plumb the heavens in visible light, vast landscapes of the cosmos are hidden from direct view. But the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, will photograph the entire night sky in infrared light. In the process, it will capture hundreds of thousands of previously unknown objects that are too cool and too dark to be seen.
The expected launch of the $US320 million ($350 million spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California was delayed until Monday due to bad weather.
Once it is in orbit, scientists expect to find tens of thousands more asteroids between Mars and Jupiter; dozens of failed stars known as brown dwarfs; and possibly a giant planet beyond Pluto. Scientists say WISE could revise the familiar portrait of our solar system.
Originally posted by InertiaZero
reply to post by wycky
Have you seen the hubble wide field images!?? They are insane looking! With this tech, we will be able to see even more.
Alot of people have their interest invested in alien life, but the reality is, maybe they are "stuck" like we are. They cant travel either, possibly. Maybe they look at our solar system, and wonder if there is life, as well....
Even if they are 7k light years away, and we cant see each other or communicate.....how cool would it be just to know its OUT THERE somewhere?
Because we are stuck, it would be awesome to be able to map out everything.