Another way of looking at the Milky Way

Spectacular Milky Way Maps Show Our Galaxy in New Light

Aloha – The European Space Agency launched the Planck satellite in 2009 and in its short four year life it did some fascinating mapping.  A point the ESA is making is that the Milky Way is more than just stars.  Based on the article that shows this rendering it explains as follows:

“They show the Milky Way in four distinct color signals that, when combined into a single mosaic, create a hypnotic view of our home galaxy.The Planck satellite observed the oldest light in the universe during its mission. In the new Milky Way maps, red colors indicate dust, yellow is gas, green is high energy particles, and blue is the magnetic field.”

If you’d like to see the other map along with the rest of the story go to:


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