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My God, It’s Full of Stars!

3 Jan 2010, 01:13 UTC
My God, It’s Full of Stars!
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“Wow! Look at that!”
“What is it?”
“It’s beautiful.”
There is so much to see.
Sorry I haven’t updated this blog in a few days. Like the rest of our science team, I’ve been glued to the computer screen almost the entire time
It’s like Christmas and Hannukah and New Year’s and my birthday and the Fourth of July all rolled into one! While most of Pasadena watched the Rose Parade, we watched the stars. This was definitely the most spectacular New Year’s I’ve ever had. We’ve been giddily flipping through the images. It’s amazing - there is SO MUCH data. It’s funny, I’ve known that WISE takes a 4 megapixel image every 11 seconds for six years now, but to see it in action is really mind-blowing. Pictures pile up so fast that my poor laptop can’t possibly keep up, but that’s why we have a huge room full of computers and hard disks crunching away downstairs.
Something wonderful.
We are busy working on the last calibrations before we can start the survey. We use a little mirror to rapidly click from one part of the sky to the next, and we have to match the rate at which ...

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