An international team of astronomers have snapped a new photo of our galaxy, The Milky Way, and it shows more than 1 billion stars. The photo was released yesterday and it combines two infrared images taken by two different image devices, one from Hawaii and one from Chile. This has been a part of a 10- year project to help guide future research for scientists.
Nick Cross of The University of Edinburgh states:
"This incredible image gives us a new perspective of our galaxy, and illustrates the far-reaching discoveries we can make from large sky surveys." He continued, "Having data processed, archived and published by dedicated teams leaves other scientists free to concentrate on using the data, and is a very cost-effective way to do astronomy."
Cross presented the image Thursday (March 29) at the 2012 National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester, the United Kingdom.