April 13, 2012
"NASA has unveiled an astounding new image of our galactic neighbourhood - a new star atlas for the entire universe."
Using cutting edge technology, intense tenacity, and tons of elbow gease, astronomers accomplished the unthinkable.
The atlas includes a catalogue of the entire infrared sky, over half a billion stars, galaxies and more captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.
Edward Wright, WISE principal investigator at UCLA, said: "Today, WISE delivers the fruit of 14 years of effort to the astronomical community." Wright began working on the WISE mission in 1998.
Made up of more than 2.7 million images taken at four infrared wavelengths of light, the new image captures everything from nearby asteroids to distant galaxies.
The WISE catalogue of images covers the entire sky, and this immense image, shown below at the largest size our system can handle, took more than a decade of work.
looks like the universe is missing a top and a bottom.
And where did all the dark matter go?
By Paul on 2012 04 29
From the entry 'The Whole Universe In One Photo'.
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