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Image Of The Entire Sky

Posted on the 24 March 2012 by Gerard @presurfer
Image Of The Entire Sky
Nasa released an image of the entire sky as observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The sky can be thought of as a sphere that surrounds us in three dimensions. To make a map of the sky, astronomers project it into two dimensions. The projection used in this image of the sky, called Aitoff, takes the 3-D sky sphere and slices open one hemisphere, and then flattens the whole thing out into an oval shape.
In the mosaic, the Milky Way Galaxy runs horizontally across this map. The Milky Way is shaped like a disk and our solar system is located in that disk about two-thirds of the way out from the center. So we see the Milky Way as a band running through the sky.The Presurfer

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