An incredible Full-Sky Image

An incredible Full-Sky Image
May 04, 2012

NASA unveiled a new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.

WISE launched Dec. 14, 2009, and mapped the entire sky in 2010. WISE took a photo every 11 seconds infrared for 10 months, more than 2.7 million images, capturing everything from nearby asteroids to distant galaxies (over 563 million stars and galaxies can be seen) to create a 180 million pixels image, which shows the whole sky. The team behind WISE has been processing more than 15 trillion bytes of returned data.

Click here to have a better look, and here to download a full size image (73 mo).