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Siena Galaxy Atlas

Siena Galaxy Atlas:

Astronomers have created a beautiful atlas of 400,000 galaxies in the cosmic neighbourhood of Milky Way and named it the Siena Galaxy Atlas.

  • Siena Galaxy Atlas is a digital atlas that was created to get to know our universe better through several of the known galaxies.
  • It was created using data from three astronomical surveys collected between 2014 and 2017 at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) and Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO). Together, these surveys are known as the DESI Legacy Surveys.
  • It is dependent on state-of-the-art digital images captured by advanced technology, unlike previous atlases, which relied on antiquated equipment and photographic plates.
  • As it is built on the images captured with highly sensitive instruments, it boasts the most accurate data.
  • It is also the first cosmic atlas to feature the light profiles of galaxies - a curve that describes how the brightness of the galaxy changes from its brightest point to its dimmest.