NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer Takes Pretty Pictures

Yesterday NASA started releasing pictures from their latest orbital telescope, WISE. WISE is an infrared telescope that’s doing a whole-sky survey. It’s also looking for near-earth objects, asteroids, and comets. This thing is extremely sensitive — it’s about 100 times more sensitive than previous infrared telescopes — and it’s taking a lot of pictures. A lot of pictures, more than new parents who’ve just bought a DSLR. It’s taking a picture every 11 seconds, and will end up with some 1.5 million pictures over its ten month life.

So how do the pictures look?

Infrared picture of the Andromeda Galaxy taken by the WISE telescope

That’s the Andromeda galaxy, some 2,500,000 light years away. And there’s plenty more space porn where that came from.

4 thoughts on “NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer Takes Pretty Pictures

  1. Hmm, That’s not what I thought I was going to get when I automatically clicked on ‘space porn’.

    oh well…

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