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WISE Views in Infrared

Amateur image processor Judy Schmidt explains the process of creating gorgeous views of the cosmos from infrared data from the WISE telescope.

Planetary Radio: NEOWISE PI Amy Mainzer

NEOWISE has reawakened to discover many more asteroids and comets. The mission leader thanks the amateur astronomers who follow up on these discoveries.

An Amazing Evening for Planetary Defense

Bill Nye, Bruce Betts, Mat Kaplan, Meteorite Man Geoffrey Notkin and stars of planetary science at the Planetary Defense Conference public event in Flagstaff.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Being WISE about asteroids, comets, and brown dwarfs with Amy Mainzer

This week I'll be talking with NEOWISE principal investigator Amy Mainzer about moving objects that the WISE mission has spotted both inside and outside our solar system.

Everybody says we need a NEO survey telescope

The next thing needed by both the small bodies science community and people interested in human exploration is a space-based telescope capable of surveying (and following up on) near-Earth space for asteroids that, for a variety of reasons, haven't been found yet.

LPSC 2011: Day 1: Small bodies

Here are some of the noteworthy items from the morning's session on

WISE's first brown (green?) dwarf

Look at the center of this star-studded image and you'll find an emerald green dot.

WISE's weekly featured image

I'm pleased to point out that the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission (WISE) has started an

Lovely album of photos from WISE

Today the Wide-field Survey Explorer (WISE) team released a small album of beautiful astrophotos.

WISE has found its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE)

Having discovered its first asteroid on January 12, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has now officially discovered its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE).

WISE bags its first near-Earth object, 2010 AB78

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) just took its lens cap off on December 29, and posted its

Congratulations to the WISE team on a beautiful "First Light" photo!

Congratulations are due to the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) team on their lovely

Congratulations to the WISE team on a successful launch!

It was worth my while to get up at 5:15 my time this morning -- I saw a flawless launch of a Delta II from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) into orbit.

Space is vast. There's a lot of exploring to do.

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