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3 Telescopes Combine for Stunning Milky Way Photo

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posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 09:45 AM

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A giant composite image of the Milky Way's center has been taken by NASA's three Great Observatories — the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Quite beautiful isn't it? Just a small portion of the universe in which we call home. Kind of makes all our problems and drams seem trivial in the grand scheme of things.

[edit on 11/12/2009 by Juston]

posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 10:20 AM
Awesome image - thanks for sharing...

Everything is SO big or SO little depending on how you look at it.

posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 10:27 AM
from what i have heard, we are only able to observe the milky way (as far as viewing perspective) as if we are on its "thin" edge looking through clouds, star systems, planatary objects, inwards towards the middle or the milky way's black hole.

posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 10:27 AM

What colour is space?

I mean, are all the amazing colours we see in these images actual? Or predicted?


posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 10:36 AM
reply to post by LiveForever8

To answer your question, in short, yes. Interesting article below for more info.

From Astronomy Department Q&A at Cornell

However one must keep in mind:

By the way, whenever you look at an astronomical image, you need to check that the colors represent visible colors. Often astronomers will take images in wavelengths that are not visible to the eye, and then use colors to represent various wavelength bands.

posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 10:44 AM
Its not realy a photo is it? its a composite image made from data.

posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 10:52 AM
reply to post by VitalOverdose

Well, to be specific.

From Merriam-Webster:

the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (as film or a CCD chip)

From the article at

The pictures of our galaxy's hub combines a near-infrared view from the Hubble Space Telescope, an infrared view from the Spitzer Space Telescope, and an X-ray view from the Chandra X-ray Observatory into one multiwavelength picture.

So in a sense, yes it's a photograpgh. You can also check out astrophotography for more info.

posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 10:59 AM
We'll have to agree to disagree there. A photograph is a single image.

Interesting image though.

[edit on 12-11-2009 by VitalOverdose]

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