Friday, November 25, 2016

Mapping the Universe

The Gleamoscope interactive map allows you to explore the Milky Way across the range of electromagnetic frequencies. It allows you to view the night sky in a way that isn't visible to the naked eye.

Humans can only see a very small part of the electromagnetic spectrum (visible light). Astronomers therefore use telescopes that are able to detect different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Gleamoscope allows you to view the results of the all-sky survey from the Murchison Widefield Array telescope in Western Australia. The different electromagnetic frequencies are represented on the map using false colors, representing the data from wavelengths we can’t see as colors that we can see.

If you right-click on a location on the Gleamoscope map you can view the selected part of the Milky Way in more detail on either the Wikisky or WorldWideTelescope interactive maps.

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