But thanks to modern technology — from hand-held cameras to giant space telescopes — we’re able to get a glimpse of what our home galaxy looks like. Still, no two Milky Way photos are the same, and our vision of home constantly changes.
5. This is a composite of infrared images of the galaxy taken between 1997 and 2001 — one of the most vibrant captures at the time.
University of Massachusetts and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center