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10 dazzling images from the WISE telescope

By: Catie Leary on Jan. 3, 2011, 12:20 p.m.
WISE image of Flaming Star Nebula

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

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Flaming star nebula

On Dec. 14, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope celebrated the one-year anniversary of its launch into space. Since then, the WISE telescope has captured hundreds of millions of asteroids, stars, galaxies and other celestial bodies.

Here are four new dazzling images from the scope plus six images taken over the past year.

This WISE image depicts the flaming star nebula, which is about 1,500 light-years from the Auriga constellation. The nebula gets its name from the star located at its center, the AE Aurigae, which appears to be blazing.