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WISE Up: Space Photos from NASA's Sky-Mapping Telescope

Prolific NASA Sky-Mapper Finds 25,000 Hidden Asteroids

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This image shows the famous Pleiades cluster of stars as seen through the eyes of WISE, or NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The mosaic contains a few hundred image frames - just a fraction of the more than one million WISE captured during its first complete survey of the sky in infrared light.

New Cosmic Photo Reveals Eye-Catching Rosette Nebula

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A new image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) shows the Rosette nebula located within the constellation Monoceros (the Unicorn). This flower-shaped nebula is a huge star-forming cloud of dust and gas in our Milky Way galaxy, about 4,500-5,000 light-years away.

Misfit Failed Star Is Stinky, Cold and Glowing Green

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The green dot in the middle of this image is a dim star belonging to a class called brown dwarfs. NASA's WISE spacecraft snapped the image in infrared light.

Cosmic Nebulas Dazzle in New Space Telescope Photos

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An image of the Flaming Star Nebula, taken in infrared light by NASA's WISE space telescope.

Runaway Star Zeta Ophiuchi

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This infrared image from NASA's WISE telescope shows the runaway star Zeta Ophiuchi as it creates a bright shockwave (yellow arc) in an interstellar dust cloud as it zooms through space.

NASA Telescope Spots Cosmic Rose in Deep Space

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This infrared image from NASA's WISE space telescope shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars, including the Berkeley 59 cluster and a supernova remnant. Read the full story.

The Streak

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This gallery showcases the first images taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft. Comet Siding Spring flashes across the sky impressively in this infrared image. Observers in Australia discovered the comet, also known as C/2007 Q3, in 2007.

Just Born

WISE credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA; Hubble credit: NASA/STScI/MPIA/Univ. of Heidelberg/Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This infrared image shows a star-forming cloud teeming with gas, dust and massive newborn stars. The inset shows detail of the very center of the cloud, a cluster of stars called NGC 3603 (taken in visible light by the Hubble Space Telescope).

The Galaxy Next Door

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Our neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, also goes by the names Messier 31 or M31. Here, it is captured in full in this new image by WISE.

Andromeda Strained

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This image from WISE displays the Andromeda galaxy's older stellar population in blue. The disk of the galaxy shows the aftermath of a collision with another galaxy, clear from the warp in the spiral arm at the upper left side.

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