NASA released an image taken of the well known constellations of Cassiopeia and Cepheus that looks nothing like what we see with our unaided eye, or through a telescope for that matter. The image was obtained by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE and comprises a 1,000 square degree field of view.
This region of the sky can be seen in the northern section of the sky when it gets dark and tendrils of the Milky Way can be seen going through these constellations from a dark sky site. In the WISE view the stars of the two constellations cannot be readily seen but the magnificent infra red wavelength and corresponding false color panorama is quite a sight to see. Young stars and the clouds of gas and dust that they are born from are visible as is a famous supernova remnant.
You have to witness the photograph in full resolution to gain its true beauty and value: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/multimedia/pia15256.html
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