The Milky Way's 219 MILLION stars mapped: Scientists spend 10 years creating world's most detailed chart of our galaxy
- Astronomers created the map using a 8.2ft mirror on the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) in the Canary Islands
- INT charted stars brighter than 20th magnitude – or a million times fainter than can be seen with the human eye
- It shows the visible part of the northern region of our home galaxy with darker regions showing galactic dust
- Scientists hope the map will give them a new insight into the structure of this system of stars, gas and dust
PUBLISHED: 10:32 EST, 17 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:24 EST, 17 September 2014
From Earth, the Milky Way appears as a glowing band stretching across the sky.
For centuries, people have peered up at this hazy light, attempting to discover and make sense of the objects within it.
Now astronomers have managed to chart 219 million stars in the Milky Way in an incredible new map, which is the largest of its kind ever produced.
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Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire spent 10 years creating the map using a 8.2ft (2.5 metre) mirror on the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) in the Canary Islands.
The chart shows the visible part of the northern region of our home galaxy and includes details on different features for each of the 219 million detected objects.
The INT programme charted all the stars brighter than 20th magnitude – or one million times fainter than can be seen with the human eye.
The darker fog-like region is galactic dust that obscures astronomer’s view