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The real shape of our galaxy is revealed in this infrared image obtained by IRAS.

IRAS Imagery1983-11-09

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Milky way - The real shape of our galaxy is revealed in this infrared image obtained by IRAS. Infrared light penetrates the dust clouds and shows that the galaxy appears as a thin disk, just like the edge-on spiral galaxies we see throughtout the cosmos. The bulge in the band is the center of the galaxy. The yellow and green knots and blobs scattered along the band are giant clouds of interstellar gas and dust heated by nearby stars.

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  • Title: The real shape of our galaxy is revealed in this infrared image obtained by IRAS.
  • Creator: IRAS Imagery
  • Date Created: 1983-11-09
  • Owner: ARC
  • Album: edrobin1
  • About Title: To help you find images you’re searching for, previously untitled images have been labelled automatically based on their description

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