The current WISP target list is:
|M31 (Andromeda)||0.7||41||121||-22||EG; DGL|
|M45 (Pleiades)||3.7||24||167||-24||closest (130 pc) bright RN||3 Dec 94|
|LMC||5.7||-69||279||-32||EG; large angular size||20 Nov 95|
|M81/M82||9.9||70||141||40||Sandage DGL area; M82 knots||12 Apr 99|
|Lockman Window||10.7||58||151||52||DGL; extragalactic background|
|Draco Cloud||16.8||60||90||39||DGL; X-ray shadow|
|NGC 7000||21.0||44||85||-1||North America Nebula; large RN|
|NGC 7023||21.0||68||104||14||brightest RN; Witt study|
|Comet Hale-Bopp||big and bright; 1.4 AU from Earth||8 Apr 97|
RN = reflection nebula; DGL = diffuse galactic light; EG = external galaxy
WISP has flown four times, and all four flights were successful. Reduction of the Pleiades data has been completed, with results for the Large Magellanic Cloud to follow soon after. Observations of Hale-Bopp were made in spring 1997, and the M81/M82 region in Spring, 1999. If you can think of other targets we should add to our list, please let us know!
The Principal Investigator is Ken Nordsieck. Other folks who are or have been involved in various ways include (in alphabetical order) Andrew Afflerbach, Chris Anderson, Andrew Cole, Sam Gabelt, Jay Gallagher, Steven Gibson, Walt Harris, Kurt Jaehnig, Tom Jones, Chuck Joseph, John Lemke, Pam Marcum, Don Michalski, Jim O'Donnell, and Dick Pfeifer. The project is operated through the UW-Madison Space Astronomy Laboratory.
WISP is supported by NASA grant NAG5-647.
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