Spectacular Astronomy Image Mosaics and a New Astronomy Blog

This week, a new astronomy blog was released. It is called the “Montage Image Mosaic  Software” blog. The Montage team (of which I have the privilege of being a member) will be blogging about how Montage is used in scientific analysis and generating new science products, showing images derived with it, posting tips for getting the most out of the toolkit, entertaining suggestions for new functionality.

I am not one for re-blogging, but I will relent on this one occasion. Astronomers have generated some superb image mosaics with Montage, and this post, taken from the Montage blog, shows some of my favorites.

This three-color mosaic of the Pleaides was computed by Dr. Inseok Song.

Mosaic of the Pleiades. The blue, green, and red channels of this three- color image were made from B-, R-, and I-band images, respectively, from the Digitized Sky Survey. Image credit: Inseok Song (U. Georgia).

The SBb LINER galaxy NGC 1097 is a spectacular face-on galaxy. The data in this mosaic were measured with the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) aboard the Spitzer Space Telescope.

NGC 1097 in the infrared. This image, part of the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey (SINGS), is a three-color mosaic preview comprised of 3.6 um (blue), 4.5 um (green), and 8.0 um (red) data. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/

The gray scale in this continuum-subtracted H-alpha image mosaic of the supernova remnant S147 shows extraordinary details of the interaction of the ejecta with the interstellar medium.

The supernova remnant Sharpless 147. The total imaged area is roughly 5 x 3.5 square degrees. Credit: Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) Photometric H-alpha Survey of the northern Galactic plane; Albert Zijlstra, University of Manchester; Jonathan Irwin, IoA Cambridge.

Finally, this four-color mosaic of a section of the galactic plane was composed as part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (GLIMPSE) project.

Section of the Galactic Plane Measured With The Spitzer Space Telescope. In this four-color composite, blue is 3.6 microns, green is 4.5 microns, orange is 5.8 microns, and red is 8.0 microns. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Churchwell (University of Wisconsin).

See the full mosaic here.

Additional mosaics made with Montage are posted in the gallery of the Montage Web site.

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