Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA


I love maps like this where astronomers take the entire night sky and project it so we can view it in two dimensions. Zoom into and explore the entire sky infrared mosaic from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). Some things to note in the image. The bright swath across the center is the Milky Way Galaxy; our home galaxy. The view is toward the center of the galaxy with the spiral arms stretching to the edges. Some artifacts were left in such as bright red spots off the plane of the galaxy. These are Saturn, Jupiter and Mars.

[UPDATED: The WISE website has a annotated guide to the objects found within the entire WISE Sky image. Click on the image for a closer view.]

Read more and download the 10000×5030 pixel infralicious image here.