About the Science

The Galactic Plane Infrared Polarization Survey is something of a mouthful of a name. It's a very good name, though, because it describes the project in perfect detail. If you happened across this page without a degree in astrophysics, however, some of the words in that name may be difficult to understand, thus occluding the understanding of what this project is. This page of our website is aimed at giving a lay-person a brief introduction

Light, the Galaxy, and Polarization (not necessarily in that order)

Here is an introduction paragraph.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

The average human can see light with wavelengths between around 400 nm and 700 nm. Different wavelengths of light correspond to different colors. Light that has a shorter wavelength is said to be more energetic than light that has a longer wavelength. The reasoning?

Polarization of Light

How the polarization of light can tell us about the source and material between the light source and us more than just looking at the color and amount of the light

Your Galazy and You

The Milkyway Galaxy is almost commonly known to be a giant rather flat spiral that is rotating around its center of mass, which is a giant black hole at the core of the galaxy. But if you actually see the galaxy in the sky at night, you don't see anything that looks remotely like a spiral - instead, you see