NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has been turning up a new crowd of stars close to solar system, the coldest of the brown dwarf family of failed stars. As said Davy Kirkpatrick of the WISE science team at NASA’s Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena this is a really illuminating result. Now that they are finally seeing the solar neighborhood with keener, infrared vision, the little guys aren’t as prevalent as they once thought.
Astronomers were able to get a picture of a nearby star and its orbiting companion by using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
With the help NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) scientists discovered the coldest class of star like bodies, with temperatures as cool as the human body or cooler than room temperature, less than about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius).