Seeing the Milky Way in different wavelength bands

Astronomers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), in Perth in Western Australia, have produced what they call the GLEAMoscope to enable you to view the Milky Way over many different wavelengths, from gamma-ray to radio. (The name ‘GLEAM’ is derived from GaLactic and Extragalactic All-Sky Murchison Widefield Array.)

The plane of the Milky Way is shown as the horizontal across the middle. The north pole of the Galaxy is towards the top. Go to the GLEAMoscope website and use the sliding bar at the top left of the to change the wavelengths shown. (Note the image above is just a still and is not interactive.)  Different wavelengths reveal different features, from the dull red glow of hydrogen gas permeating through space, to the stars and dust clouds of our visible galaxy, and superhot gas generating x-rays.

Link: GLEAMoscope.