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Spitzer's Milky Way

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posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 07:15 PM
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"This is the highest-resolution, largest, most sensitive infrared picture ever taken of our Milky Way," said Sean Carey of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. Carey is lead investigator for one of two teams responsible for the new picture. "Where previous surveys saw a single source of light, we now see a cluster of stars. With this data, we can learn how massive stars form, map galactic spiral arms and make a better estimate of our galaxy's star-formation rate," Carey explained.

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The entire image is stiched together using 800,000 snapshots from NASA's Spitzer Telescope.




posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 10:02 PM
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The result is a cosmic tapestry depicting an epic coming-of-age tale for stars. Areas hosting stellar embryos are identified by swaths of green, which are organic molecules, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, illuminated by light from nearby newborn stars. On Earth, these molecules are found in automobile exhaust and charred barbeque grills, essentially anywhere carbon molecules are burned incompletely.


We are now learning so much about our own neighborhood. Why are we looking at other galaxies while there is so much to see here. The above excerpt alone tells me there has to be life 'locally'

I loved the pic. It would be good to get a "you are here" arrow on it just to put things into perspective.

Good find



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