A Galaxy Zoo: Photos From NASA's WISE Telescope

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WISE Galaxy Zoo

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team
A colorful new collection of galaxies from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, mission reveal a spectacular menagerie of galaxies during…Read More »

its prolific 3-year mission that ended in Feb. 2011. The showcase, released in May 2011 by NASA, shows several galaxy types, from elegant grand design spirals to more patchy flocculent spirals, while others have roundish centers or stretched central bars.

All of these images were recorded in infrared light that is invisible to human eyes. Light with the shortest wavelength appears blue while the longest wavelengths appear red. The oldest stars appear blue, while pockets of newly formed stars have yellow or reddish hues. Take a tour of these individual galaxies in this gallery, starting with the famed Whirlpool Galaxy ...   Less «

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