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WISE Captures a Nebula on Fire

Sunday July 8, 2012

The 'Flame' Burns Bright in New WISE Image 











The Flame Nebula sits on the eastern hip of Orion the Hunter, a constellation most easily visible in the northern hemisphere during winter evenings. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

(Phys.org) — A new image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows the candle-like Flame nebula lighting up a cavern of dust. The Flame nebula is part of the Orion complex, a turbulent star-forming area located near the constellation’s star-studded belt.

The image is being released today along with a new batch of data from the mission. Last March, WISE released its all-sky catalog and atlas containing  and data on more than a half billion objects, including everything from asteroids to . Now, the mission is offering up additional data from its second scan of the sky.

“If you’re an astronomer, then you’ll probably be in hog heaven when it comes to,” said Edward (Ned) Wright of UCLA, the principal investigator of the WISE mission. “Data from the second sky scan are useful for studying stars that vary or move over time, and for improving and checking data from the first scan.”

Read more: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-flame-bright-wise-image.html

  1. November 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Well if you look at it from a flag planting point of view the Soviets got a few rboots up there, and the Americans a few rboots and some people, so they may have a claim. I guess if we get some settlers up there then they can stake out there own claims. I suspect though that some international body such as the International Astronomical Union, might need to be involved in divvying up things.But certainly the people selling the rights to land on the moon have no legal basis for doing so.

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