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Top Image from Journey to Big Bang animation: Leaving the Milky Way

Middle Image from Journey to Big Bang animation: Early Quasars

Bottom Image from Journey to Big Bang animation: CMB Plasma

Microwave Sky Wavelengths

See where the WMAP sky image is found.

Starting with an overview of the Milky Way, We move down to see the view from our location.

From the Earth, we can view the sky and unwrap it into an oval for easy viewing.

Finally we can view the light at different wavelenghts from the visible down to the microwave. Different wavelengths reveal different sources of radiation across the sky. The microwave radiation from the sky appears almost featurless until we increase the contrast to reveal the small details in the Cosmic Microwave Radiation (CMB). The red band across the center of the sky image is strong radiation from our galaxy. The cooler blues and greens at the higher latitudes have much larger portion of Background radiation.

Credit: NASA / WMAP Science Team
Thanks to: Axel Mellinger for a Visible All-Sky image as source material.

Duration: 44.0 seconds

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