The southern plane of the Milky Way from the ATLASGAL survey (annotated)

A spectacular new image of the Milky Way has been released to mark the completion of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL). The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves. The new finely detailed images complement those from recent space-based surveys. The pioneering 12-metre APEX telescope allows astronomers to study the cold Universe: gas and dust only a few tens of degrees above absolute zero.

The APEX data, at a wavelength of 0.87 millimetres, shows up in red and the background blue image was imaged at shorter infrared wavelengths by the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope as part of the GLIMPSE survey. The fainter extended red structures come from complementary observations made by ESA's Planck satellite.

Many of the most prominent objects are named and the parts of the galaxy that are shown in the three slices are indicated at the right.

Припис:

ESO/APEX/ATLASGAL consortium/NASA/GLIMPSE consortium/ESA/Planck

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ID:eso1606c
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Дата релізу [date]:24 лютого 2016 р. 12:00
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Розмір:27412 x 10811 px

Про об’єкт

Назва:Milky Way
Тип:Milky Way
Категорія:Nebulae
Stars

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Кольори та фільтри

ДіапазонДовжина хвиліТелескоп
Інфрачервоний4.5 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
Інфрачервоний3.6 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
Інфрачервоний8.0 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
Міліметровий
353 GHz
850 μmPlanck
HFI
Міліметровий
344 GHz
870 μmAtacama Pathfinder Experiment
LABOCA