Back in July I wrote about my involvement in a new Zooniverse citizen science project, the then unnamed Project IX. In the last few months, Project IX became the Milky Way Project, and today yesterday it went live! A massive congratulations to Rob and the team who did a fabulous job in getting this all together.
In the Milky Way Project, we’re showing you colour images from our galaxy, the Milky Way, which were created from three wavelength channels from instruments on board the Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer observes the Universe in the infrared, and is therefore sensitive to objects that are colder than those that emit visible light. This includes the dense dusty clouds, concentrated in the disk of our galaxy, in which new stars are being formed. Although Spitzer is small in size, it has opened up a new window on our own and more distant galaxies in the infrared. The hundreds of thousands of images in its science archive are rich hunting grounds – particularly for those interested in star formation studies.