Go On A Spectacular Infrared Tour Of The Milky Way In This Video

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Although this is a sight of pure beauty and sereneness, I just might be too much. It totally bored me out. I walked away and came back and thought it looked exactly like it did before I left. Maybe if you are smoking something silly, this might be interesting. Then again after about two minutes in, I didn't need to smoke anything silly. This kind of did it for me. After about five minutes I stated to get dizzy. At seven minutes in I actually shed a tear. Would have been nice if maybe a commit came through or a spaceship or a something. I don't know. Is extremely beautiful though. Well now I can guarantee you that if I close my eyes, I will see nothing but dots. I will dream of these reoccurring dots and wake up in hot sweats. So I thank you for this show and hope that not everyone has the same reaction. P.S. Still can't get over the fact that this took one hundred hours!

This video shows a wealth of bright sources, wispy filaments and bubbling nebulas against the background of diffuse gas and dust, marking the spots where stars are being born in the Galaxy. The video was compiled by stitching together several hundred hours of Herschel observations obtained as part of the Herschel infrared Galactic Plane Survey. It spans a vast portion almost 40% of the plane of the Milky Way, where most of the stars in the Galaxy form and reside. Shaped as a disc, our Galaxy has a diameter of about 100 000 light-years and the Solar System is embedded in it, about half way between centre and periphery. From our vantage point, this huge disc of stars, gas and dust appears as a circular strip wound around the sky, familiar as the Milky Way in the night sky. The view is a composite of the wavelengths of 70 microns (blue), 160 microns (green) and 350 microns (red). 

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