MIPS Galactic Plane Survey



MIPSGAL Research Project Operational


MIPSGAL is a survey of the inner 248 square degrees of the Galactic plane at 24 and 70 microns using the MIPS instrument aboard the Spitzer Space Telescope. The survey covers Galactic latitudes of -1° < b < +1° for Galactic longitudes of l < 62° and l > 298°.

MIPSGAL will pry open many unanswered questions, such as the detailed energetics and distribution of the small silicate particles and hydrocarbon molecules comprising the interstellar dust in our galaxy and the how the most massive stars form. While this survey only covers 0.7% of the sky, most of the stars, gas and dust that make up our own Galaxy are imaged by these observations.

MIPSGAL was selected as a Spitzer Legacy Science program in cycle 2.

IPAC's role:

The MIPSGAL principal investigator is IPAC scientist Sean Carey. The MIPSGAL team includes many past and present IPAC scientists, including Alberto Noriega-Crespo, Nicolas Flagey, Jim Ingalls, Francine Marleau, Deborah Padgett, Roberta Paladini, Luisa Rebull and Sachin Shenoy from the Spitzer Science Center, and Babar Ali, Bruce Berriman, Roc Cutri and Bill Latter from greater IPAC.

MIPSGAL data is hosted by IRSA at IPAC, including the raw observations from Spitzer in the Spitzer Heritage Archive, and enhanced data products and tools.


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