Amazing New Map of the Milky Way Reveals Where Stars Form

Friday, 26 February 2016 - 2:43PM
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Friday, 26 February 2016 - 2:43PM
Amazing New Map of the Milky Way Reveals Where Stars Form
Scientists have just completed the sharpest, most detailed map of our galaxy yet. The APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL) has just been completed, and it details the entire Galactic Plane as visible from the southern hemisphere at sub-millimeter wavelengths, which lie between infrared light and radio waves. The survey can be directly compared to other recent maps of the galaxy in other wavelengths, including infrared, near-infrared, and optical, or the visible spectrum of light. 



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"We can have detailed observations of our galaxy because we are inside it. So we can zoom in the regions where stars are born," Dr. Carlos De Breuck, ESO APEX project scientist, told IFLScience. "When we look at the sky with our own eyes, we see these dark lanes in the Milky Way. These dust lanes are the place where stars are forming."
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The data was taken by the APEX, a 12 meter-wide telescope in Chile, which is currently taking unprecedented observations of our universe in sub-millimeter wavelengths. The new survey, published in Astronomy and Astrophysics, details the distribution of cold dust in the Galactic plane, which, in combination with Planck data, shows us how and where new stars are formed. The above image includes most of the star-forming regions in the Milky Way.
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"ATLASGAL provides exciting insights into where the next generation of high-mass stars and clusters form. By combining these with observations from Planck, we can now obtain a link to the large-scale structures of giant molecular clouds," said Timea Csengeri of the Max Planck Institute.
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