WISE gets new NEOs for its birthday

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WISE just found two Near Earth Objects in the last two days: a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA) 2010 XP69 and a half km object that can get within 10 million km (just outside the limit for PHAs), 2010 XZ67. WISE has been observing in a two band mode without any coolant since October.

And WISE just finished a year in orbit on Dec 14.

About nwright

Ned Wright, 65 years old, is a professor at UCLA. He did far-infrared observations using a 102-cm balloon-borne telescope for his PhD thesis, and has since observed with the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, and the space-based COBE, WMAP, Spitzer and WISE missions.

2 Responses to WISE gets new NEOs for its birthday

  1. Randy says:

    Congratulations on a successful year in space! I’ve really enjoyed reading about the WISE mission and seeing all of the spectacular images.

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