Our own Galaxy is interesting in all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. With
our eyes we can see many clusters of stars and the dust lanes that run through the
disk. The dust is warm and so shines brightly at infra-red wavelengths, while we
can look straight through it with radio telescopes, peering right into the heart of
This impressive map shows the Milky Way in the optical part of the electromagnetic
spectrum, as seen with the human eye. It was taken as a series of photographs by Axel Mellinger
which he then stitched together to create a mpa of the entire Galaxy.
Image credit: Axel Mellinger