Survey captures local universe in 3-D

Most complete view yet of the nearby cosmos

By Ron Cowen, 14:11 PM May 25, 2011

The cosmic backyard will never look the same, thanks to a new three-dimensional map — the most detailed view ever assembled out to a distance of 380 million light-years.

Covering 95 percent of the sky, the map uses dust-penetrating infrared observations to reveal features that in visible light are obscured by the Milky Way. “We get a more detailed look at major structures that are almost hidden by our galaxy, like the Hydra-Centaurus supercluster and the Norma supercluster of galaxies,” sai...

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