In-depth view of Milky Way

New Delhi: Scientists for the first time have managed to produce a detailed view of the ‘Milky Way’ giving stark insides to the cold universe, which is only a few degrees above the absolute zero.

The new images provide a detailed view of the distribution of cold dense gas along the plane of the Milky Way galaxy and include most of the regions of star formation in the southern Milky Way.

The images have been mapped by the APEX (Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment telescope) telescope, which is located at 5100 meters above the sea level on the Chajnantor Plateau in Chile’s Atacama region.

“ATLASGAL (APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy) has allowed us to have a new and transformational look at the dense interstellar medium of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The new release of the full survey opens up the possibility to mine this marvellous dataset for new discoveries,” European Southern Observatory (ESO) scientist Leonardo Testi said in a press statement.

Watch: Image of the plane of the Milky Way


(Image courtesy: ESO; Video Courtesy: YouTube)

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