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GLIMPSE360 survey

Spitzer Space Telescope Surveys the Milky Way's Outback

A new survey mission by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has turned up treasures aplenty in the outer regions of the Milky Way, where amidst fogs of interstellar chemicals some rare, young and enormous stars are blasting gas out into space.
These very first images from the ongoing GLIMPSE360 survey are but a taste of what will be revealed during Spitzer's scan of the far-flung reaches of our galaxy.  
The new survey is an extension of the recent GLIMPSE survey that looked into the Milky Way's bustling center full of stars and dust, and home to a monstrous black hole. From our solar system, which is about two-thirds of the way out from this galactic "downtown," Spitzer's view now shifts to mostly remote areas. In this way, GLIMPSE360 is picking up where the original GLIMPSE left off and will survey the remaining half of the Milky Way's disk out to its very edge.

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