Artist's illustration of the present Milky Way

This graphic of today's Milky Way was based on an all-sky image from Axel Mellinger and the Finkbeiner all-sky H-alpha survey.

The current night sky is dominated by the white glow of myriad middle-aged stars along the lane of the Milky Way. Interstellar "pollution" from thick dust lanes can be seen threading through the long band of stars. They are interspersed with a few pinkish emission nebulae from ongoing star formation. Thousands of stars appear as pinpricks of light throughout the sky.

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Credit:

NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo1345c
Type:Artwork
Release date:15 November 2013, 11:45
Size:2248 x 1264 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way
Type:Milky Way
Category:Galaxies

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