10 January 2009

Milky Way ~ Extreme Resolution Galactic Images

Thanks to Daily Galaxy for pointing out these stellar uber-resolution images of our Milky Way. More info (and big pix!) from the Caltech JPL / NASA project pages...
"More than 800,000 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. As inhabitants of a flat galactic disk, Earth and its solar system have an edge-on view of their host galaxy, like looking at a glass dish from its edge. From our perspective, most of the galaxy is condensed into a blurry narrow band of light that stretches completely around the sky, also known as the galactic plane."

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