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NASA’s Swift Produces Best Ultraviolet Maps Of The Nearest Galaxies


UV image credit: NASA/Swift/S. Immler (Goddard) and M. Siegel (Penn State)

UV image credit: NASA/Swift/S. Immler (Goddard) and M. Siegel (Penn State)

Astronomers at NASA and Pennsylvania State University have used NASA’s Swift satellite to create the most detailed ultraviolet light surveys ever of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies.

“We took thousands of images and assembled them into seamless portraits of the main body of each galaxy, resulting in the highest-resolution surveys of the Magellanic Clouds at ultraviolet wavelengths,” said Stefan Immler, who proposed the program and led NASA’s contribution from the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

“Prior to these images, there were relatively few UV observations of these galaxies, and none at high resolution across such wide areas, so this project fills in a major missing piece of the scientific puzzle,” said Michael Siegel, lead scientist for Swift’s Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) at the Swift Mission Operations Center at the university in State College, Pa.

Full Story, Video and Images: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/magellanic-uv.html

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  1. zachandclem
    June 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    absolutely amazing

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