Another Wise Discovery, why it's not safe out there

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Apparently millions of massive black holes, everywhere.


_http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19421453

In one study, astronomers used WISE to identify about 2.5 million actively feeding supermassive black holes across the full s ky, stretching back to distances more than 10 billion light-years away.


_http://arxiv.org/pdf/1205.0811v1.pdf
_http://arxiv.org/pdf/1208.5517v1.pdf

and some really nice pictures in the gallery

_http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/multimedia/gallery/gallery-index.html
 

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The source of all data

_http://wise2.ipac.caltech.edu/docs/release/allsky

NASA suggests the craft has been 'put into hibernation' after the cryogenic coolant ran out. This may infer a visit to the craft to refuel/service (as with Hubble), if sufficient funds are found, or I suppose if the data already stored here merits some further investigation.

Even so, ten month mission that finished in Ocober 2010 (and the three month follow-on NEOWISE, which did not require the cooling system and found a number of near earth objects) exceeded the original mission parameters by quite a margin.
 
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