2 Micron all sky survey (2MASS) mosaic of the center of the Milky Way

Esahubble_opo9930d_500

esahubble_opo9930d September 16th, 1999

Credit: University of Massachusetts and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center

The Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) was a survey of the whole sky in three infrared wavebands, which was taken between 1997 and 2001. 2MASS used two highly-automated 1.3-m telescopes, one at Mt. Hopkins, Arizona (for the Northern Hemisphere), and one at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile (for the Southern Hemisphere). The advantage of the data taken in the near infrared was an unprecedented view of the Milky Way nearly free of the obscuring effects of interstellar dust. Therefore the survey revealed the true distribution of luminous mass, and thus the largest structures, over the entire length of the Galaxy. Especially a look at the center of the Milky Way revealed details, which could never have been seen in the optical, as this region of obscured by various clouds of dust and gas. The resulting data and images from 2MASS are currently in the public domain, and may be accessed online for free by anyone.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9930d/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Milky Way
Subject - General
Esahubble_opo9930d_1280
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ID
opo9930d
Subject Category
E  
Subject Name
Milky Way
Credits
University of Massachusetts and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9930d/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
571.0, 1000.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
opo9930d
Metadata Date
2017-03-17T17:22:27.084779
Metadata Version
1.1
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