Spitzer Milky Way

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Spitzer Milky Way Training

Ka Chun tells us, "The starlight that we see at visible wavelengths can be easily dimmed or completely blocked by intervening gas and dust within our Galaxy.

Infrared light can pass through this obscuration more easily.  The Spitzer Space Telescope has been mapping our Galaxy at mid- (from 3.6 to 8 microns) and long-infrared wavelengths (24 and 70 microns).  This particular survey can show stars and supernova remnants located clear across the other side of the Galaxy, or reveal young protostars buried deep inside nearby molecular gas clouds."

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