Jaw-dropping image shows thousands of galaxies in one frame

A truly otherworldly telescopic portrait has revealed galaxies located millions of light-years away in colors that the human eye cannot possibly perceive.

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A ‘radio colour’ view of the sky above a ‘tile’ of the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope, located in outback Western Australia. The Milky Way is visible as a band across the sky and the dots beyond are some of the 300,000 galaxies observed by the telescope for the GLEAM survey. Red indicates the lowest frequencies, green the middle frequencies and blue the highest frequencies. Credit: Radio image by Natasha Hurley-Walker (ICRAR/Curtin) and the GLEAM Team. MWA tile and landscape by Dr John Goldsmith / Celestial Visions.

The results are truly Jaw-dropping!

Light pollution is one of the main causes why we cannot see the beauties of the cosmos at the maximum splendor from Earth. Apart from that, the truth is that the human eye is able to see only a small part of the universe even where light pollution is inexistent, on the starriest of nights.

Exactly this is what inspired astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker to show the cosmos like most of us have probably never seen it.

Using the Murchison Widefield Array in Australia—composed of THOUSANDS of Antennas—that can peek through dense celestial dust, and are able to detect “radio light”, the astronomer managed to reveal colors and objects in the universe in a spectrum that the human eye cannot possibly see.

The army of ‘mechanical spiders’ as she calls them stretch nearly across four square miles of desert. These antennas have produced breathtaking views of the cosmos. As reported by National Geographic, for the past for years, In the past four years, Hurley-Walker and a team of researchers—from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Perth as well as other institutions in Australia and New Zealand—have stitched together more than 40,000 images taken by the telescope.

40,000 images stitched together in one frame equal to a never-before seen portrait of the entire southern sky. The jaw-dropping image exposes HUNDREDS of thousands of galaxies located millions of light years away. It’s magical. It’s both scary and beautiful. It makes you wonder what else, and who else might be out there.

This groundbreaking image perfectly depicts in unobscured, blazing color the radio glow of the Milky Way, in a way we’ve never seen before. The Milky Way is seen lit up with the remains of exploded stars and intense magnetic fields.

Check out a truly awesome view of the universe:

This sweeping survey, says Hurley-Walker, “allows people to see the sky with radio eyes.”

Here is the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way shown in Gamma Ray, X-Ray, Visible, Far-Infrared, Microwave and GLEAM-radio, wavelengths. (Click here for full screen)

This interactive applet based on Chromoscope, and lets you explore our Galaxy (the Milky Way) and the distant Universe in a range of wavelengths from X-rays down to the GLEAM frequencies of 72-231 MHz.

But there’s more to be done as more work awaits as Hurley-Walker’s work is far from finished. In fact, the astronomer is already working with an international team to develop a radio telescope many times bigger and more sensitive than the Murchison Widefield Array.  Just imagine what such a telescope could see?

As noted by National Geographic, the new telescope’s technology could pick up even fainter signals, which could reveal millions of more galaxies and—if her wish comes true—“the birth of the very first stars.”

Check out a spherical view of the GLEAM survey, showing how it covers the entire southern sky.

GLEAM Timelapse (with music)

The universe is truly beautiful, isn’t it?

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(H/T National Geographic)



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