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NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid Pia18653-640 WISE Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) has been observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft just one day after passing through its closest approach to the sun. The comet glows brightly in infrared wavelengths, with a dust tail streaking more than 62,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) across the sky. Its spectacular activity is driven by the vaporization of ice that has been preserved from the time of planet formation 4.5 billion years ago.

NASA's WISE Findings Poke Hole in Black Hole 'Doughnut' Theory Pia18012_ip WISE Thu, May 22, 2014

A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X' Pia17992-640 WISE Fri, Mar 07, 2014

After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."

NEOWISE Spies Its First Comet Pia18032_ip WISE Fri, Feb 28, 2014

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet -- its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation late last year.

NASA-Sponsored 'Disk Detective' Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries Dd WISE Thu, Jan 30, 2014

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. Disk Detective is NASA's largest crowdsourcing project whose primary goal is to produce publishable scientific results.

Where the Wild Stars Are Pia17834-640 WISE Wed, Jan 29, 2014

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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From IRAS to Spitzer and Beyond: 30 years of Space-Based Infrared Astronomy Irhistory_rec Feature Wed, Nov 13, 2013

2013 is a significant year in infrared astronomy -- it marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of IRAS, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, which revolutionized our view of the infrared cosmos, increasing the number of known infrared sources by about 70%. This talk will review some of the major discoveries from some of the many important infrared astronomy missions.

Managing the Deluge of 'Big Data' From Space Pia17446 Feature Thu, Oct 17, 2013

For NASA and its dozens of missions, data pour in every day like rushing rivers. Spacecraft monitor everything from our home planet to faraway galaxies, beaming back images and information to Earth.

IPAC Astronomer takes on Death Valley in the Death Valley Express Img_0949 Feature Thu, Jul 28, 2011

On August 8, 2011 IPAC astronomer Bill Latter will live a dream by attempting a grand journey and a great challenge - both physically and mentally. Bill will be traveling the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon course on foot. This is a trek from Badwater Basin in Death Valley to the Mt. Whitney Portals above Owens Valley – a distance of 135 miles with extreme heat and 13,000 feet of ascent.

A Night with the Stars...in a Conference Room 555021main_amy_stars-43_1024-768 Feature Tue, May 31, 2011

Sometimes astronomers take trips out to ground-based observatories. They sleep during the day, and, instead of peering up at the night sky, they command the telescopes from computer screens. Some telescopes can also be operated remotely from laptops. JPL scientists Amy Mainzer and Mike Cushing recently spent an evening with the stars in a conference room at NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Longtime Employee of IPAC Reveals Secret to Career Success 1031-ct_booth_hartley_spotlight_medium Feature Mon, May 16, 2011

The summer of 1965 was one of dramatic firsts—Medicaid and Medicare were established, the Beatles played the first stadium concert in rock history, and U.S. astronaut Edward Higgins White made his maiden space walk.

WIRE Reenters Earth's Atmosphere Wire__smex-5__5 Feature Fri, May 13, 2011

The Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) satellite reentered Earth's atmosphere at about 11:50 p.m. Pacific Time, May 9, 2011, more than 12 years and 68,000 orbits after launch.