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I. Introduction

I.4. Top 10 (or so) Things You Should Know About the NEOWISE Release Data Products

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  1. The NEOWISE 2015, 2016 and 2017 Data Releases are comprised of data taken during the first three years of the NEOWISE Reactivation mission, between 13 December 2013 and 13 December 2016 (I.2.c). Data from all three years are concatenated into a single archive so that all data may be queried easily at one time. (I.5)

  2. Because NEOWISE performs repeated observations of each point on the sky, there are usually multiple, independent measurements of solar system, galactic and extragalactic objects in the NEOWISE Single-exposure Images and Source Database. (I.2.b.i)

  3. The NEOWISE Single-exposure Images are a resources for solar system object precovery, recovery and analysis, as well as for combining with original WISE mission Single-exposure images to enable deeper detections for stationary objects. (III.1)

  4. The NEOWISE Source Database is a time domain resource useful for obtaining the positions and thermal fluxes of moving solar system objects, as well as for studying the motions of nearby brown dwarfs and stars, and the flux variability of all sources. (II.1.b)

  5. The NEOWISE Data Release products consist of W1 (3.4 μm) and W2 (4.6 μm) image and extracted source data only. NEOWISE does not collect data in the W3 (12 μm) and W4 (22 μm) bands. (I.2.a.ii)

  6. The sensitivity of the NEOWISE W1 and W2 measurements is similar to, but generally not quite as good as during the WISE Full Cryogenic survey phase. (II.1.c, II.1.e)

  7. The NEOWISE Release includes all image and extracted source information, regardless of the quality of the observations. Use the quality information provided with image metadata and individual entries in the Source Database to select the best quality observations. (II.2.d, III.2.d)

  8. Profile-fit photometry of bright, saturated sources in the NEOWISE Single-exposure Source Database is systematically brighter than measurements in the AllWISE and All-Sky Release Catalogs, and the difference between them increases with increasing source brightness. (II.1.c.ii)

  9. The NEOWISE Release products include only the Single-exposure images and a database of sources extracted from those images. The NEOWISE Single-exposure images have not been coadded, nor has a deep inertial source Catalog been produced from coadded images. (IV.1)

  10. NEOWISE Moving Object Tracklets are available from the IAU Minor Planet Center. The NEOWISE Single-exposure Images, Source Database and ancillary tables are available from the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive. (I.5)

Last update: 11 May 2017

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