The southern plane of the Milky Way from the ATLASGAL survey

A spectacular new 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 at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves. The new finely detailed images complement those from recent space-based surveys. The pioneering 12-metre APEX telescope allows astronomers to study the cold Universe: gas and dust only a few tens of degrees above absolute zero.

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.

In this case the image has been cut into three pieces for convenience.


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

Görüntü Hakkında

Yayın tarihi:24 Şubat 2016 12:00
Bağlantılı bültenler:eso1606
Boyut:24400 x 7072 px

Nesne Hakkında

Tür:Milky Way

Görüntü Türleri

Baskı JPEG
2,3 MB

Renkler & Filtreler

Kırmızı ötesi4.5 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
Kırmızı ötesi3.6 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
Kırmızı ötesi8.0 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
353 GHz
850 μmPlanck
344 GHz
870 μmAtacama Pathfinder Experiment