A pioneering infrared scan of 100,000 galaxies by Penn State astronomers has failed to detect any signs of galaxy-spanning extraterrestrial supercivilizations. This result, though very preliminary, may be a sign that aliens aren't capable of conquering entire galaxies.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope surveyed the universe twice during its 14-month mission, generating a wealth of data in the process. Now, by sifting through that data, WISE astronomers have unveiled one of the telescope's most impressive finds yet: 2.5 million supermassive black holes —…
In 2009, NASA launched its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope, an Earth-orbiting infrared observatory designed to map the entire sky in unprecedented detail. WISE surveyed the sky for less than two years, but in that time collected vast quantities of information: It's been eighteen months since the…
Supermassive black holes, rare galaxies, oh my! Tomorrow afternoon, NASA will be hosting a teleconference to discuss new discoveries surrounding these and other extreme deep-space objects.
Last year, NASA announced that it had discovered 14 of the coldest stars it had ever recorded. The so-called "brown dwarfs" were, at that time, listed among the coldest known stars in our universe.
Check out this startlingly beautiful image of The Unicorn's Rose, a rosette nebula located within the Unicorn constellation. NASA's WISE telescope, which captured this image, has sadly run out of the coolant it needs to continue making such arresting images.