New Map of Dusty Milky Way
by AMNH on
Astronomers have unveiled a brand-new atlas of the galactic plane of the Milky Way in submillimeter wavelengths of light. Called ATLASGAL—the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy—it reveals dense knots of dust where new stars may form.
The image is a composite of submillimeter wavelength data from the APEX telescope along with infrared data from the Midcourse Space Experiment.