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More Than Stars: The Milky Way’s Dust Mapped In 3D For The First Time Ever (Synopsis)

27 Mar 2017, 14:40 UTC
More Than Stars: The Milky Way’s Dust Mapped In 3D For The First Time Ever (Synopsis) ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech

Wherever we look in the night sky, we don’t just observe the background sources of light shining our way, but also the effects of all the matter in between those distant sources and our eyes. Since all of that inbound light needs to pass through a portion of the Milky Way on its way to our eyes, it’s vital that we understand how that light is distorted by our own galaxy. That means we need an understanding of the dust in our own neighborhood.

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