Satellite AKARI produced a new view of the entire sky in infrared. AKARI observed the infrared radiation emitted from heated interstellar dust at nine micrometers. The bright stripe extending horizontally is the disc of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Several bright regions corresponding to strong infrared radiation appear along or next to the galactic plane. These regions are sites of newly born stars. In the brightest region at the very center of the image, towards the center of our galaxy, old stars crowd together.
The bright spot on the lower-right of the image is the Large Magellanic Cloud, another galaxy close to our Milky Way also undergoing active star formation.
These latest results from AKARI show the infrared sky with unprecedented spatial resolution and wavelength coverage, and also many regions of active star formation.
The mission provides the first census of the infrared sky since the atlas made by the only previous infrared survey over 20 years ago, the Anglo-Dutch-US IRAS satellite. AKARI has studied about 3500 selected targets to date, with improved spatial resolution. The data for this image have a spatial resolution of about nine arcseconds, several times finer than IRAS in 1983.
Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7) www.beyondgenes.com