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The new map of the Milky Way is amazing 2/28/2016 •

The most detailed image of our galaxy has been released recently. The map called ATLASGAL was completed by collecting data from the Southern Hemisphere of Earth. The result is a stunning and amazing view of the Milky Way!


The name of this project is ATLASGAL, which is short for the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy. The new map released is at least four times more detailed than the previous one! It contains 167 million pixels. Decades of the researchers’ work, involving a satellite and two telescopes, resulted in this incredible image.

The importance of the project for the scientific world is great. We may only be amazed by this inspiring view, impossible to be seen with our naked eyes. But for scientists this map is an opportunity to have an exciting insight into the eternal mysteries of the Universe. They now can study the dust and gas captured, exploring the fate of the dead stars and predicting the future of the living ones.

Are you inspired by this stunning picture? Science and technology are developing rapidly nowadays, and now everyone is able to have a profound look at the distant corners of our galaxy. What our near future will look like? Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!

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16 Comments
Nina Kamwene
Nina Kamwene
WOW! AMAZING! Thanks.
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Feb 28, 2016 11:29PM
Rosemarie Rossi DeWolf
Rosemarie Rossi DeWolf
Thanks for sharing, I love it... :-)
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Feb 29, 2016 1:20AM
Peggy Brown
I say the same thing too.
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Feb 29, 2016 1:49AM
Nicole Toma-Tolman
My favorite is the APEX Planck/ Submillimetre. Tooooo cool...
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Feb 29, 2016 2:35AM
kopackorl
Awesome!
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Feb 29, 2016 2:45AM
Kathy Campbell
Kathy Campbell
I'm always amazed at the vastness of space.
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Feb 29, 2016 3:05PM
Irene M Howard
Irene M Howard
We are from one of those stars, our sun. Can you possibly conceive the reality that there are huge solar systems connected to each of those trillions of stars! There has to be life out there as we know it! It's mind baffling!
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Feb 29, 2016 3:54PM
michellerose
Wow. Just...wow. Our Galaxy sure is beautiful, just like our planet. We're very lucky, born at this time, able to see these things. Let's hope that humans never become too jaded to appreciate the beauty of the Universe.
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Feb 29, 2016 10:07PM
Lisa Knisely
Lisa Knisely
Awesome!
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Mar 1, 2016 4:37AM
Douglas Germond
Douglas Germond
Thanks for this!! I love Astronomy!!!!!
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Mar 2, 2016 12:20AM

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