Check Out This Detailed Map Of Our Galaxy

February 8, 2015 3:23 PM

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To the most of us, the Milky Way – the galaxy that contains our Solar System – is a mysterious, outer-worldly phenomenon. From an earthly standpoint, it simply appears as a faintly visible, glowing band, composed of a blur of non-distinguishable stars. A new series of maps, however, is quickly changing this perspective. They offer us an exclusive look into the unknown, an expanse we only know to consist of at least 100 billion planets and 200 – 400 billion stars.

The maps are largely based on observations by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Planck space observatory, and depict the diversity of the Milky Way’s features – from its magnetic fields to its gas and dust particles. The images are extremely detailed and showcase four distinctive color signals (red ...

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