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WISE Up: Space Photos from NASA's Sky-Mapping Telescope

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posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 06:32 PM
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What amazing photos -- the rest are here.


New Cosmic Photo Reveals Eye-Catching Rosette Nebula
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
A new image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) shows the Rosette nebula located within the constellation Monoceros (the Unicorn). This flower-shaped nebula is a huge star-forming cloud of dust and gas in our Milky Way galaxy, about 4,500-5,000 light-years away.



Puffy Star Looks Like Cosmic Jellyfish
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
What looks like a jellyfish floating in a sea of kelp is actually a cloud of material shed by a massive star, in this new image from WISE.



Prolific NASA Sky-Mapper Finds 25,000 Hidden Asteroids
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
This image shows the famous Pleiades cluster of stars as seen through the eyes of WISE, or NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The mosaic contains a few hundred image frames - just a fraction of the more than one million WISE captured during its first complete survey of the sky in infrared light.



Hidden Galaxy Photographed by Peeping Space Telescope
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
A leggy cosmic creature, actually the "hiding galaxy" IC 342, comes out of hiding in this new infrared view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.



NASA Telescope Spots Cosmic Rose in Deep Space
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
This infrared image from NASA's WISE space telescope shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars, including the Berkeley 59 cluster and a supernova remnant.



Runaway Star Zeta Ophiuchi
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team
This infrared image from NASA's WISE telescope shows the runaway star Zeta Ophiuchi as it creates a bright shockwave (yellow arc) in an interstellar dust cloud as it zooms through space.



The Galaxy Next Door
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
Our neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, also goes by the names Messier 31 or M31. Here, it is captured in full in this new image by WISE.



Coldest Known Failed Stars Found (Artist Conception)
Credit: AMNH/UCB/NASA/JPL-Caltech
This artist's conception shows simulated data predicting the hundreds of failed stars, or brown dwarfs, that NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is expected to add to the population of known stars in our solar neighborhood. Our sun and other known stars appear white, yellow or red. Predicted brown dwarfs are deep red.

Just one question -- instead of an "artist conception" of brown dwarfs, where's the real thing?!


edit on 2/17/2011 by GoldenFleece because: added photos




posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 07:35 PM
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This telescope is revealing the beauty of the universe. I find it mindboggling how man still thinks he's something of big deal in the universe, when we can clearly see that we have only begun to bear witness to the splendor and majesty that surrounds us.
Maybe we'll get a glimpse of someone looking back, not that those pictures would ever see the light of day..."Oops, hit the delete button by accident. Wink, wink."
Here's to hoping



posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 09:21 PM
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Extraordinary photos for sure, but the only thing that bothers me about the WISE mission is that one of it's stated objectives was to detect brown dwarfs:


In addition to spotting asteroids and comets, the $320 million space telescope is designed to detect the faint glow of distant objects, such as strangely cool brown dwarf stars.

So what's the first photo of a brown dwarf that NASA releases? An artist rendering...



posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 09:24 PM
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Awesome in the truest sense of the word, what more can I say.
This is not a second line, the first says it all.



posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 10:24 PM
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I just found these pics online, so came back here and did a search. So glad you posted them, absolutely stunning, so exciting, like when Hubble pics first came out.



posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 10:45 PM
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amazing pics for sure! thx!
to bad this thing has since gone offline....



posted on Feb, 19 2011 @ 06:39 AM
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Why people feel the need diss the efforts of NASA in every NASA related thread is beyond me. So Sorry if NASA represents the world's leading space exploration efforts, but I suppose there are people out there better facilitated to take that sword away and show us their discoveries of deep space, but where are they?



posted on Feb, 19 2011 @ 06:50 AM
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Once someone is caught being less than honest, (like many people at NASA) then it's game over for life.... The sadest part is that they keep on doing it.. So they deserve what they get..

on another note, that andromeda galagy photo is incredible..Makes you think you are almost visiting there..



posted on Feb, 19 2011 @ 08:08 AM
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That assault requires documentation. NASA is one of the most transparent of all government organizations. I think thousands of private NASA subcontractors can attest to how transparent they are. Can the House of Representatives say that? Can the FBI? Can the CIA?



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