Thursday, June 21, 2012

Our galaxy and sky in infrared light

NASA released some time ago full sky image taken by WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey). Unluckily NASA only released the image as a flat, zoomable image instead of spherical panorama which it is so I'm releasing one.

Below is embedded spherical panorama with SaladoPlayer of the sky in infrared light. In the middle is our galaxy - The Milky Way - as a bright stripe of stars since we are observing it from the inside accompanied by the surrounding skies.

Image credit (IR): NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team, image credit (visible): PhotoPic Sky Survey, cc-by-nc

From the drop-down menu one can change between visible light sky as captured by Photopic Sky Survey and the infrared sky. I've also added some informational hot spots to the image to help navigating oneself in the image. The panorama can also be seen in 360cities.

This post originally appeared on Pallopanoraamablogi as "Infrapunanäkymä galaksiimme" at 2012-03-17.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous21 June, 2012

    This is very cool! I'd love a screensaver version of it!