Invisible Astronomy December 29, 2010Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, MichiganAstro.
Tags: astronomy, astrophotography, instrumentation, space telescope
If you’ve ever wondered why we need space telescopes, this is a lovely example.
It’s an entire galaxy, fairly large and bright and nearby. But don’t look for it in your backyard telescope, it’s hidden behind the dust of our own galaxy. That dust is no problem for Spitzer’s infrared eyes. However, the wavelengths of IR light that can penetrate the dust can’t make it through our atmosphere, so we have to put the telescope in space to get this image.