Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mazanec View Post
So we only see a minority of the MW then.
It does seem to say that, because they say the reason the novae were missed is dust obscuration.

I was thinking it could also be that they weren't looking at the right place at the right time, i.e survey statistics.

So yes, going by this article, it seems most of the stellar population of the galaxy is obscured by dust in optical wavelengths.