Planck Satellite Delivers Detailed Milky Way Map

February 8, 2015 5:16 PM

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Milky Way, the galaxy were our own solar system resides has always been a fascinating mystery to space experts in particular but also to most of us. Seen from Earth it doesn’t give out much and looks like a dim sparkling band, formed of a smudge of non-discernable stars. But some recently released maps might change that view as they depict a detailed image of the vast galaxy that we know it encloses no less than 100 billion planets and 200 – 400 billion stars.

The maps are to a great extent based on data collected by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Planck space observatory, and delineate the variety of the Milky Way’s elements like the magnetic fields or the gas and dust units. The pictures very detailed and display four unique color symbols (red for d...

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