NASA's Spitzer Telescope Brings 360-Degree View of Galaxy to Our Fingertips

  • Released Friday, January 2nd, 2015
  • Updated Tuesday, November 14th, 2023 at 12:26AM

A new, zoomable panorama from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows us our galaxy's plane all the way around us in infrared light. The 360-degree mosaic comes primarily from the GLIMPSE360 project, which stands for Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire. It consists of more than 2 million snapshots taken in infrared light over 10 years, beginning in 2003 when Spitzer launched.

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