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Published August 2012 | Submitted + Published
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Constructing a WISE High Resolution Galaxy Atlas


After eight months of continuous observations, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mapped the entire sky at 3.4 μm, 4.6 μm, 12 μm, and 22 μm. We have begun a dedicated WISE High Resolution Galaxy Atlas project to fully characterize large, nearby galaxies and produce a legacy image atlas and source catalog. Here we summarize the deconvolution techniques used to significantly improve the spatial resolution of WISE imaging, specifically designed to study the internal anatomy of nearby galaxies. As a case study, we present results for the galaxy NGC 1566, comparing the WISE enhanced-resolution image processing to that of Spitzer, Galaxy Evolution Explorer, and ground-based imaging. This is the first paper in a two-part series; results for a larger sample of nearby galaxies are presented in the second paper.

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© 2012 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2011 November 12; accepted 2012 June 19; published 2012 July 16. This work is based (in part) on observations made with the Spitzer and research using the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) and IPAC Infrared Science Archive, all are operated by JPL, Caltech, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Support for this work was provided by NASA through an award issued by JPL/Caltech. R.J.A. was supported by an appointment to the NASA Postdoctoral Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities through a contract with NASA. This publication makes use of data products from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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