|Detail of the star-forming area known as G305 in the Milky Way|
The image has been published online with an interactive zoom tool. Zooming into the image reveals the wealth of detail on the small structures.
The UKIRT study (the UKIDSS Galactic Plane Survey) was led by the University of Hertfordshire, while the VISTA study (VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea, or VVV) was co-led by astronomers in Chile at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica and at the University of Hertfordshire. The picture itself was put together by the survey archive team at the University of Edinburgh.