Getting WISE to asteroids

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer โ€“ WISE โ€“ has recently finished a survey of small bodies in our solar system. The survey mission, called NEOWISE (for Near Earth Objects), used WISE’s infrared-imaging capabilities to identify 20 new comets and more than 33,000 main-belt asteroids. WISE also spotted 134 near-Earth objects โ€“ asteroids or comets that…