Spectacular 167-million pixel map of the galactic centre is revealed


Unknown star forming regions near the heart of the Milky Way have been revealed for the first time in a map of the galaxy’s cold dense gas.

The map, produced by the Atlasgal project covers an area of sky measuring 140 degrees long and three degrees wide.

It contains a staggering 167 million pixels, making it four times the coverage of the first Atlasgal map, and includes the southern part of the Milky Way which contains the galactic centre for the first time.

Explore the full image on the European Space Observatory website



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