WORRIED about Earth-threatening asteroids? One of NASA’s newest space telescopes has spotted 25,000 never-before-seen asteroids in just six months.
Ninety-five of those are considered “near Earth”, but, in the language of astronomy, that means within 30 million miles. Luckily for us, none poses any threat to Earth anytime soon.
Called WISE for Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, the telescope will complete its first full scan of the sky today and then begin another round of imaging.
Mission team members are elated with the discoveries of the $320 million (€248m) project, which launched in December. By year’s end, researchers expect to have a cosmic census of millions of newfound objects that should help answer questions about how planets, stars and galaxies form.
© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved