Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Of Dust and Creation

This infrared image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows a star-forming cloud teeming with gas, dust and massive newborn stars. WISE, which is surveying the whole sky in infrared light, is particularly sensitive to the warm dust that permeates star-forming clouds like this one. In this way, WISE complements visible-light observations."

The mission also complements Hubble and other telescopes by showing the 'big picture," providing context for more detailed observations.

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