Dust in the Milky Way Galaxy

Nearby dust in our Milky Way Galaxy creates sometimes spectacular pictures of cosmic landscapes, but for the researcher it also poses a challenge: it changes the colours of the galaxies and quasars behind the dust and it dims their light, making them less recognisable and giving them a misleading appearance. In this project we aim to use these background objects to actually reconstruct the distribution of dust in the Milky Way, using data from SkyMapper, Gaia, GALEX, VISTA and WISE. As a result, we will be able to reconstruct the true nature of the galaxies and quasars and obtain a better 3D map of the Universe around us.