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AKARI IR Sky map
July 19, 2007 4:15 AM   Subscribe

The AKARI mission has produced the first infra-red sky map in over 20 years.
posted by nthdegx (20 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yeah? Wake me up when they do an infra-blue map. Then we'll talk.
posted by humblepigeon at 4:33 AM on July 19, 2007


Well, far infra-red map, but it's all good.

It always seemed sort of slack to me for God to have created in an instant on the first day the heavens and the Earth and then to have left so much of the heavens under development. That IR map is just loaded with developing stars. It's like He, right in the middle of the act of creation, stepped out for a smoke, got distracted by something else, and lost interest in the job. Sort of like He did with mankind...
posted by three blind mice at 4:42 AM on July 19, 2007


Looks like the whooshy swoopy artifacts in that sky map image follow lines of earth longitude. The point where they converge on the left is the earth's north pole and the point on the right is the south pole. Guess that's related to the fact that AKARI is in a polar orbit.
posted by rlk at 4:47 AM on July 19, 2007


My dentist is God?!
posted by mkb at 4:51 AM on July 19, 2007


And of course the thing at the top right that looks like it's chargin' it's lazer, that's earth's east pole shooping the whooshy swoopy whoop.
posted by rlk at 4:52 AM on July 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


I don't know quite what criteria is used to make that twenty year claim, as there's The 2 Micron All Sky Survey from only a few years back.

Not that AKARI isn't fantastic of course.
posted by edd at 5:10 AM on July 19, 2007


infrared is ultrawesome.
posted by DU at 5:14 AM on July 19, 2007


My sarcasm meter is broken, but "infra-blue" would just be visible spectrum. There are lots of those.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 6:15 AM on July 19, 2007


Sauron!
posted by lastobelus at 6:30 AM on July 19, 2007


edd: "I don't know quite what criteria is used to make that twenty year claim, as there's The 2 Micron All Sky Survey from only a few years back."

2MASS was 2μm (near infrared, fairly close to visible red light (0.78μm)). AKARI is 9μm (not quite mid infrared). It's presumably a world universe of difference!

Also, this image is more helpful than just the red blobs.
posted by Plutor at 6:38 AM on July 19, 2007


Yeah? Wake me up when they do an infra-blue map. Then we'll talk.

You mean a yellow map?
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:15 AM on July 19, 2007


Wake me when they do an ultramarine map.
posted by Pastabagel at 7:38 AM on July 19, 2007


Imagine how much more they would see if they started with Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.
posted by o0o0o at 7:47 AM on July 19, 2007


Oh that is just bitchin'!
posted by Relay at 8:31 AM on July 19, 2007




More liberal proof of global warming.
posted by fluffycreature at 8:34 AM on July 19, 2007


Anybody tell me where in there I can find the Teeelveee? I got a ton of Tandelouvian Happy Juice I need to unload.
posted by dreamsign at 8:36 AM on July 19, 2007


Imagine how much more they would see if they started with Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.

SNK -- not Konami. ;)

posted by BaxterG4 at 9:19 AM on July 19, 2007


That's absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for this.
posted by misha at 11:26 AM on July 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sauron!

Geek question but do you mean Soran?

It this a Star Trek reference, or a Lord of the Rings reference?
posted by humblepigeon at 12:07 PM on July 19, 2007


FWIW, the first non-optical astronomical observations were made by Karl Jansky and Grote Reber.
posted by neuron at 1:11 PM on July 19, 2007


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