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NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

05.21.15 – A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE -- extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs.

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Explorers News Continues

05.20.15NASA Spacecraft Capture Rare, Early Moments of Baby…
05.07.15Star Explosion Is Lopsided, Finds NASA's NuSTAR
05.06.15IRIS Celebrates 10,000th Orbit
04.29.15Extra X-rays at the Hub of Our Milky Way Galaxy
04.29.15NASA's NuSTAR Captures Possible ‘Screams’ from Zombie Stars
04.28.15Strong Evidence For Coronal Heating Theory Presented at…
04.21.15NASA's NExSS Coalition to Lead Search for Life on Distant…
04.16.15White Dwarf May Have Shredded Passing Planet
04.10.15Accelerating Universe: Not As Fast?
04.07.15The Solar System and Beyond is Awash in Water

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Explorers 4 New Missions

NASA Selects Explorer Projects To Probe Earth's Upper Atmosphere
News Release 04.12.13 – NASA has selected a new satellite mission and a new space-based instrument to begin development as part of the agency's Heliophysics Explorer Program.
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NASA Selects Explorer Investigations for Formulation
News Release 04.05.13 – NASA's Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected two missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satellite and an International Space Station instrument to observe X-rays from stars.

NASA Taps the Power of Zombie Stars in Two-in-One Instrument 04.05.13 – NICER will not only reveal why neutron stars are the densest objects in nature, but also demonstrate navigation technology that could revolutionize…
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Explorers Missions Status

  • Astro-H
    Launch Date: November 2015
    Phase C/D: Design & Development
  • GOLD
    Launch Date: 2017
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
  • ICON
    Launch Date: June 2017
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
  • NICER
    Launch Date: August 2016
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
  • TESS
    Launch Date: August 2017
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
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