Cosmic dust Imagery

Over on the ESA site has some new imagery of the cosmic dust in our stellar neighborhood, courtesy of the telescope on the Planck satellite.
The image shows the filamentary structure of dust in the solar neighbourhood – within about 500 light-years of the Sun. The local filaments are connected to the Milky Way, which is the pink horizontal feature near the bottom of the image. Here, the emission is coming from much further away, across the disc of our Galaxy.
The image has been colour coded to discern different temperatures of dust. White-pink tones show dust of a few tens of degrees above absolute zero, whereas the deeper colours are dust at around -261°C, only about 12 degrees above absolute zero. The warmer dust is concentrated into the plane of the Galaxy whereas the dust suspended above and below is cooler.

Its a very, very interesting image. Even more interesting is that this image illustrates that the “cosmic void” between solar systems in our part of the galaxy is far more complex than we once thought.