Transcripts of 13497_WFIRST_Simulated_Image_60Second

[Music throughout] Narrator: WFIRST, the Widefield Infrared Survey Telescope, will capture images unlike any satellite before it. WFIRST will have the same image resolution as Hubble, but will cover an area 100 times larger. To see what the sky will look like to WFIRST, scientists use special processing techniques to create simulated images. In this case, they began with a Hubble mosaic of Andromeda, one of the closest galaxies to our own. This mosaic was created out of over 400 individual Hubble images. WFIRST will be able to create a similar mosaic with just two images. The simulated image is not just special because of its size, however. It also shows Andromeda as it will appear through WFIRST’s optics and infrared filters. With an unprecedented combination of breadth and depth, WFIRST will open a new era in viewing our universe.