Galaxies in Hiding
Ssc2013 05d1

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Wisconsin

Observation • June 5th, 2013 • ssc2013-05d1


There are nearly 200 galaxies in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces supercluster of galaxies located 250 million light-years away. Normally, galaxies beyond our Milky Way are hidden from view when they happen to fall behind the plane of our galaxy. This is due to foreground dust standing in the way.

Spitzer's Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire 360, or Glimpse 360 project, is pointing Spitzer away from the galactic center, to complete a full 360-degree scan of the Milky Way plane. It has captures many images in the process, such as this one, revealing hidden objects.

About the Object

Perseus-Pisces supercluster
Galaxy > Grouping > Supercluster
250,000,000 Light Years

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Infrared 3.6 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 4.5 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 12.0 µm WISE


Position ()
RA =4h 50m 19.2s
Dec = 45° 5' 19.9"
Field of View
1.1 x 1.1 degrees
North is 50.2° right of vertical