Abstract: WiseView is a browser-based tool for rendering image blinks of Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) coadds spanning a multi-year time baseline. WiseView allows for easy visual identification of motion and variability for sources far beyond the single-frame detection limit, a key threshold not surmounted by many studies. WiseView transparently gathers small image cutouts drawn from many terabytes of unWISE coadds, facilitating access to this large and unique dataset. Users need only input the coordinates of interest, and can interactively tune parameters including the image stretch, colormap and blink rate. WiseView was developed in the context of the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen science project, and has already enabled hundreds of brown dwarf candidate discoveries made by citizen scientists and professional astronomers alike.
Credit: Caselden, Dan; Westin, Paul III; Meisner, Aaron; Kuchner, Marc; Colin, Guillaume