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A glimpse of the Milky Way

Two infrared surveys conducted by the Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed the Milky Way like never before.
The Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared eyes have delivered the best view of our galaxy's inner regions that we likely will see for the foreseeable future. Because infrared light penetrates dust, the composite image shows the galactic plane out to 60,000 light-years from Earth — slightly more than double the distance to the Milky Way's center.To create the image, Spitzer scientists stitched together more than 800,000 snapshots. The image spans approximately 130° east to west (centered on th...

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