Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky
TL;DR: Biggest picture of space you’ll see this week. WOW.
NASA has released the newest and most complete atlas of the entire infrared sky. The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has been soaking up interstellar spectra for three years, and this mosaic image represents the sum total of that survey.
By collecting 2.7 million pictures in four wavelengths, it has been able to catalog 560 million objects, most of which are stars and galaxies (almost equal numbers of each!). In a sense, this mosaic of 18,000 images (above) represents everything that we can see from Earth.
Of course, that’s not a big enough picture, is it? Click here to MEGA-EMBIGGENATE!!! (10,000 x 5,000 px!!) Don’t say I didn’t warn you :)