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The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tommy
Grav (Applicant)

WISE is a NASA Explorer class mission launched in December 2009 that performed wide-field imaging in four infrared wavelengths,  3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 micron (denoted W1, W2, W3, and W4 respectively). The survey completed its first pass of the entire sky in 2010 July and the cryogen was exhausted on 2010 August 5 leading to saturation of the two longest wavelength. The survey concluded on 2011 February 1, completing its second pass of the entire sky in W1 and W2. During its one year of operations the telescope observed over 157,000 minor planets, comets and planetary satellites, discovering over 33.000 new minor planets and 12 new comets. Data from the first half of the first pass of the sky became available to the community on 2011 April 14. I will discuss the data taken and the vast array of different solar system projects that is enable by this vast new and exciting data set.

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