For the past two years, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has been collecting infrared images of our solar system, the Milky Way and the universe. Those images have been used to map asteroids and comets, the nearest and coolest stars, the most luminous galaxies, as well as determine the origins of stellar and planetary systems.
After capturing more than 2.7 million images of the sky, NASA’s Infrared Processing and Analysis Center—which is overseeing the WISE project—cobbled together 18,000 of those images to create a map of the night sky which NASA calls an “Image Atlas.” The atlas contains more than 563 million stars, galaxies, asteroids, planets and other objects arranged in a beautiful panorama that is available for anyone to view.
For providing an atlas of stellar information, NASA’s WISE website is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.