NASA Releases Image Capturing Entire Sky
NASA has released a mosaic of images that covers the entire night sky, as captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.
The giant mosaic contains more than 562 million stars, galaxies, asteroids, planets and objects.
WISE is an unmanned satellite carrying an infrared-sensitive telescope.
As with a flat map of the Earth's surface, the right and left edges of this oval shape are the same location in the sky. The bright belt is the Milky Way galaxy.
NASA explains: “The Milky Way is shaped like a disc and the solar system is located in that disc about two-thirds of the way out from the centre. So we see the Milky Way as a band running through the sky.”
Over the past two years, the WISE mission has collected a total of 2.7 million images.
This number was broken down to some 18, 000 to create the epic, panorama image.
For a larger, zoomable version of the image, click here.