MSX Data Atlas
You can get a close-up map of a region by clicking on any area in red, yellow, or within the green band, on the above image, or by typing a coordinate below.
The Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX), a Ballistic Missile Defense Organization satellite, was launched in April 1996. The first ten months of the mission were devoted to mid-infrared observations with a solid hydrogen-cooled telescope. This instrument had five line-scanned focal plane arrays that spanned the spectral region from 4.2 to 26 microns. For more info, see MSX mission background information.
If you are looking for the original IRSA MSX Image Server and Catalog Overlays, it can be found here.
Also available are MSX image "cutouts" using IRSA's Cutouts Service, which is a general tool to create single or multiple small FITS (and JPEGs) image cutouts of datasets archived at IRSA.
MSX images are available for the regions shown above (an IRAS 100 micron ISSA image with a J2000 Equatorial grid is shown as background). In the Galactic plane, some areas are available both as standard mosaics and from higher sensitivity images (shown in yellow). Images of galaxies, star-forming regions out of the Galactic plane are indicated in yellow and IRAS Gap regions in red. Either type in a coordinate or click on a region to get a close up of the MSX region; the size of the search is adjustable.
For more info, see: Description of Images
Click here for more information and instructions on using Atlas Instructions
Also available is a Program Interface to Atlas.
Target Selection Single Object
(Name or Coords)
Table Upload
(Multi Object) Instructions
Size (deg):
[maximum 12.5]
Images must cover coordinate
Coordinate Examples:
  • 316.125972 45.911237 eq
  • 21h 04m 30.23s +45d 54m 40.5s Equ J2000
  • 46.5377 -0.2518 ga
  • M 16
Default: Equatorial J2000