Hubble, WISE, and VISTA

Hubble is great and all, but it’s better in a bundle.

In order: Hubble, WISE, VISTA. And no, not the OS.

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First image from WISE

WISE is a survey telescope recently launched by NASA. Here’s what Phil Plait had to say over at Bad Astronomy.

Nice. It may not look as pretty as a Hubble or Spitzer shot at first glance, but to an astronomer it’s the Mona Lisa. The images are sharp (it’s in focus), the stars are not overexposed, diffuse sources are detected, and the diffraction spikes (the crosshairs centered on stars) are clean.

I would have just called it sexy, but maybe that’s why I’m not an astronomer.