WISE: Infrared Astronomy Takes a Big Step

WISE Spacecraft Main Fairing

Image Credit: NASA/VAFB

If everything goes according to plan, NASA will launch the Wide-field Infared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft on Friday, December 11, 2009 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Please note: At the time this blog post was written weather was threatening to postpone the launch.) WISE was designed to survey the entire sky and to produce infrared images of millions of objects ranging from asteroids to brown dwarf stars to ultra-luminous galaxies.

For those of you interested in learning more about infrared astronomy I have compiled a list of resources that I hope are useful and fun:

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