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A field of blue with clouds of green containing several yellow-white blobs.
Trifid Nebula
A storm of stars is brewing in the Trifid nebula, as seen in this view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
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An infrared portrait of the Witch Head nebula from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows billowy clouds where new stars are brewing.
Witch Head Nebula
A witch appears to be screaming out into space in this new infrared portrait of the Witch Head nebula.
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  Red ball surrounded by greeen in the center of a star field.
Asteroids & Helix Nebula
A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE.
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A black starfield with stars and galaxies.
Gigantic Galaxy Clusters
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is helping to find the rarest and largest of galaxy groupings in the universe.
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  A black starfield with stars and galaxies.
Orion Nebula
The Great Nebula in Orion is featured in this sweeping image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
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Black Holes and Extreme Objects
WISE's mission has led to a bonanza of newfound supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs.
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  eye-shaped nebula with pink center in a star field
Helix Nebula
A dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX).
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A field of stars outlined in blue and red circle
Our Tiniest Neighbors
This image highlights the population of tiny brown dwarfs recently discovered by WISE.
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  A field of stars with interstellar dust floating in the middle.
Flame Nebula
This view of the Flame nebula from WISE is an expanded view over one previously released of this enormous space cloud
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This artist's concept shows a "feeding," or active, supermassive black hole with a jet streaming outward at nearly the speed of light.
Skies Ablaze With Blazars
The WISE mission has revealed more than 200 blazars and has the potential to find thousands more.
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  A star field containing myriad green stars and a dozen or more stars surrounded by blue fields.
Dusty Star
The WISE mission has revealed more than 200 blazars and has the potential to find thousands more.
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The multicolored clouds in the field of stars show the "light echoes" of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant.
Cassiopeia A
This infrared image from WISE shows the “light echoes” of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant.
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  Tiny speckle like features in this image make up the sky.  This image is a mosaic of all the atlas images available in the WISE All-Sky Data Release.
The Sky
This is a mosaic of all the atlas images available in the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) All-Sky Data Release.
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The multicolored clouds make up the nebula Barnard 3.  It’s easy to picture a wreath in these bright green and red dust clouds.
Barnard 3
In keeping with the spirit of the holidays, NASA’s WISE Mission presents the “Wreath Nebula”.
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  The large number of multicolored clouds and particles make up this enormous section of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Fireworks in the Milky Way
This enormous section of the Milky Way Galaxy is a mosaic of images from NASA’s WISE.
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Red clouds in the center of reen dusty clouds in a dark background with blue stars.
Puppis A
Seen as a red dusty cloud in this image from NASA’s WISE, Puppis A is the remnant of a supernova explosion.
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  Green dusty clouds in a dark background with blue stars.
IC 4592
Jabbah is the name of the bright star right of center, surrounded by a red colored dust cloud. The Arabic name means “the forehead of the scorpion.”
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This composite image of supernova remnant RCW 86 combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of the oldest documented example of a supernova.
NGC 281
In visible light, NGC 281 in the constellation of Cassiopeia appears to be chomping through the cosmos, earning it the nickname the “Pacman” nebula.
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  This composite image of supernova remnant RCW 86 combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of the oldest documented example of a supernova.
IC 4601
This image shows a giant dust cloud in between the claws of the constellation Scorpius.
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This composite image of supernova remnant RCW 86 combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of the oldest documented example of a supernova.
RCW86
Infrared data from NASA's Spitzer and NASA's WISE are shown in yellow and red, and reveal dust radiating at a temperature of several hundred degrees below zero.
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Accessing WISE Images: Tutorial
This tutorial explains how to navigate the WISE Archive.
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Making Color Images: Tutorial
This tutorial explain the basic processes for creating a color picture using images downloaded from the WISE Science Data Archive.
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  This artist's concept illustrates what the flaring black hole called GX 339-4 might look like. It shows a red disk in a field of stars, with yellow jets shooting out of the top and bottom.
Asteroid Albedos
This chart illustrates why infrared-sensing telescopes are more suited to finding small, dark asteroids than telescopes that detect visible light.
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This artist's concept shows a broken-up asteroid.
Asteroid Sizes
This chart illustrates how infrared is used to more accurately determine an asteroid's size.
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  This artist's concept illustrates what the flaring black hole called GX 339-4 might look like. It shows a red disk in a field of stars, with yellow jets shooting out of the top and bottom.
NEA Census
This chart shows how data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has led to revisions in the estimated population of near-Earth asteroids.
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This artist's concept shows a broken-up asteroid.
Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid?
Scientists think that a giant asteroid, which broke up long ago in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, eventually made its way to Earth and led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
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  This artist's concept illustrates what the flaring black hole called GX 339-4 might look like. It shows a red disk in a field of stars, with yellow jets shooting out of the top and bottom.
Flaring Black Hole
Astronomers using NASA's WISE have captured rare data of a flaring black hole, revealing new details about these powerful objects and their blazing jets.
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