August 22, 2013

How We See Through the Milky Way

Ethan Siegel, Starts with a Bang!


AP Photo

When we look out at the Universe, our view is pretty consistently dominated by the stars within our own galaxy. Although we know that many interesting things lie beyond — globular clusters, individual galaxies, and rich clusters and superclusters of galaxies — being in the Milky Way makes it very hard to see beyond it.

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TAGGED: Milky Way Galaxy, Astronomy Techniques, Infrared Light, Infrared Telescope