Saturday, March 27, 2010
WISE has now mapped a bit over 40% of the sky, and has been discovering dozens of new asteroids per day while it's at it. The always excellent This Week in Space has an interview this week with some of the scientists working with the telescope. No discussion in that video on the possibility of finding a nearby brown dwarf, but this recent article does, and includes the following image showing an approximation of our current stellar neighborhood compared with what we expect it to look like when brown dwarfs are include. Before:
Current mission progress looks like this.