The Milky Way at different wavelengths
December 8, 2009 11:13 AM   Subscribe

If only Cavil had had access to this.
posted by aerotive at 11:42 AM on December 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

posted by jckll at 11:46 AM on December 8, 2009

You can also use the WorldWideTelecope (Silverlight webclient, or PC client), and look at the different wavelengths via the Imagery list. You can also explore individual Hubble pictures, in context of the sky (checkout the various Deep Field pictures.)
posted by Diddly at 11:47 AM on December 8, 2009

In both Firefox (site enabled through NoScript) and Internet Explorer (my Plan B if sites look wonky in Firefox) show placeholders with the "image not found" icon. Is it an issue on my end?
posted by filthy light thief at 11:52 AM on December 8, 2009

Wish my eyes could do the same trick! The world would be funky, funky place if you could switch from "visible" to IR or the others.
posted by ecorrocio at 12:16 PM on December 8, 2009

jckll: I actually found it here. Just saying. But it's true, lots of links come from kottke.

filthy light thief: I was having that problem, but the images eventually loaded after a few refreshes.
posted by Korou at 12:50 PM on December 8, 2009

This seems pretty cool, but the stand-in laptop I'm using until my proper computer is fixed chokes on that page pretty hard.
posted by EatTheWeak at 1:26 PM on December 8, 2009

The X-Ray link goes to the visible picture.
But if you do get to the X-Ray picture, what are all those gaps?
posted by MtDewd at 3:54 PM on December 8, 2009

Like wearing a Predator helmet, what fun!
posted by bwg at 4:39 PM on December 8, 2009

Beautiful. So, so beautiful. Thank you for this. If there was ever a post I would want to apply exponential favorites to, it's this one.
posted by Minus215Cee at 5:34 PM on December 8, 2009

I am wondering what makes the dark arcs in x-ray. There's a big one off the end in galactic south, on the left. And several in the center/default view, galactic north.

Then there's a big blob of bright x-ray off the right end. Hydrogen-a shows a much larger bright cloud around it, but the x-ray source isn't in the center.

I could go on, but instead, I watch the thread and hope someone comes along that can explain those 2 things. I'm sure the longer I look, the more questions would come to mind. ::sigh:: And it's "only" the Milky Way. Just another typical spiral out of the billions much like it.

Awesome post.
posted by Goofyy at 4:31 AM on December 9, 2009

But if you do get to the X-Ray picture, what are all those gaps?

That's missing data from the ROSAT survey (for example).
posted by alby at 9:10 AM on December 9, 2009

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