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AllWISE Data Release: A Comprehensive View of the Mid-Infrared Sky

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 15:45

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the AllWISE data release.

The AllWISE program combines data from WISE cryogenic and NEOWISE post-cryogenic survey phases to form the most comprehensive view of the mid-infrared sky currently available. By combining the data from two complete sky coverage epochs in an advanced data-processing system, AllWISE has generated new products that have enhanced photometric sensitivity and accuracy and improved astrometric precision compared with the earlier WISE all-sky data release. Exploiting the six-month baseline between the WISE sky-coverage epochs enables AllWISE to measure source motions for the first time and to compute improved flux-variability statistics.

A quick guide to the AllWISE data release, data-access instructions, and supporting documentation are available on the AllWISE website. Access to the WISE data products is available via the online services of the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive.

AllWISE makes use of data from WISE, which is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, and NEOWISE, which is a project of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology. WISE and NEOWISE are funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Roc M. Cutri
Caltech, IPAC
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