The southern plane of the Milky Way from the ATLASGAL survey

The southern plane of the Milky Way from the ATLASGAL survey

This image of the Milky Way has been released to mark the completion of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL). The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere for the first time at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves — and in finer detail than recent space-based surveys.

The APEX data, at a wavelength of 0.87 millimetres, shows up in red and the background blue image was imaged at shorter infrared wavelengths by the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope as part of the GLIMPSE survey. The fainter extended red structures come from complementary observations made by ESA's Planck satellite. Note that the far right section of this long and thin image does not include Planck imaging.

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Credit:

ESO/APEX/ATLASGAL consortium/NASA/GLIMPSE consortium/ESA/Planck

About the Image

Id:eso1606a
Type:Observation
Release date:24 February 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1606
Size:84353 x 2220 px
Field of View:140.5° x 3°

About the Object

Name:Milky Way
Type:Milky Way
Category:Stars

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared8.0 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
Infrared4.5 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Radio3.6 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Millimeter
344 GHz
870 μmAtacama Pathfinder Experiment
LABOCA
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353 GHz
850 μmPlanck
HFI

 

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