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WISE will perform the most detailed infrared survey of the entire sky to date. Its millions of images will expose the dark side of the cosmos -- objects, such as asteroids, stars and galaxies, that are too cool or dusty to be seen with visible light. The telescope will survey the sky one-and-a-half times in nine months, ending its primary mission when the coolant it needs to see infrared light evaporates away.
WISE launched on Dec. 14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Once it was thoroughly checked out in space, it was ready to "flip its lid [on December 29, 2009]."
"Our instrument is finding hundreds of asteroids every day that were never detected before," says Ned Wright, principal investigator for WISE and a physicist at the University of California in Los Angeles. "WISE is very good at this kind of work."
"WISE has only been in orbit for about three months, but we've already found a handful of asteroids classified as 'potentially hazardous,' including one seen in 1996 but lost until re-observed by WISE. To be named 'potentially hazardous,' an asteroid has to pass within about 5 million miles of Earth's orbit. One of our discoveries will cross Earth's orbit less than 700,000 miles away."
Originally posted by spikey
reply to post by jdub297
You see what you've done here, don't you?
You have spent a lot of time and effort in the though and construction of your very nice thread post, that frankly contains a wonderfully logical content, and sober realities too ponder on too...but you've missed the glaring, screaming logical truth of one further possible scenario..both of threat scenarios 'killer asteroids, or a wandering dwarf star, shepherding worldlets and asteroidal debris, are not mutually exclusive.
Both could be correct. At the same time.
It is refreshing to see people recognizing that there are very real threats, PROVEN threats that need to be at the top of our problem-solving agenda, rather than the unproven
Well... IMO Ignorance is bliss.
Originally posted by Ahmose
just take their word for it.
way to deny ignorance!
swallow what a group full of liars tell you.
Originally posted by Sinter Klaas
I know I'm gonna die.But I'd prefer not to be briefed about the exact date and location.
Originally posted by jdub297
reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread559314/pg1#pid852049
ATS is all about "what if;" that's why I came here in the first place! ATS is not the place to ignore astronomical facts, to refuse to go outside and look up and to insist that you're right only because you say you're right. Or to personally attack the people who've proven you wrong.
How would you go about getting someone to go outside and look up? Haven't had a lot of success with this and could use some advice. Very nice thread and I like your tone.
Originally posted by Phage
Instead of being told you were gonna die, how would you feel about being told you had six months to get out of town or you're gonna die?
[edit on 4/7/2010 by Phage]