Highest Resolution Ever ~ Maps of Nearest Galaxies

Light masked our view of some galaxies. Now it’s all clear, thanks to Penn State, NASA and ultraviolet light mapping.

Astronomers created the
MOST super-high-resolution ultraviolet light surveys EVER
of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds,
two major galaxies closest to our own Milky Way.

With the surveys, “we can study how stars are born and evolve across each galaxy in a single view, something that’s very difficult to accomplish for our own galaxy because of our location inside it.
Project lead from NASA, Stefan Immler

 …this project fills in a major missing piece of the scientific puzzle.”
Penn State astronomer, Michael Siegel, lead scientist
for the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope
(UVOT) on
NASA’s Swift observatory –– a satellite, with three telescopes in Earth orbit, controlled by Penn State from Mission Operations Center on the University Park campus

FULL ARTICLE

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