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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Carbon Monoxide in our Galaxy

This all-sky image shows the distribution of carbon monoxide (CO), a molecule used by astronomers to trace molecular clouds across the sky, as seen by Planck. Image released February 13, 2012. 
CREDIT: ESA/Planck Collaboration 
The new images come from the European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft, which showed the odd microwave haze during a survey that also turned up previously unseen patches of cold gas where new stars are forming.

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