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Topic: ESO Publishes 9 GPixel Image Of Milky Way's Center
Username: NoUFO
Posted 2012-10-24 11:19:35 and read 4022 times.

European Southern Observatory (ESO) has published a nine-gigapixel image from the VISTA infrared survey telescope, allowing a team of astronomers to create a catalogue of more than 84 million stars in the central parts of the Milky Way.

Normally, gas and dust obscure the central stars, making observations difficult. By using infrared wavelengths, the team was able to bypass the gas and dust and build a new dataset of central Milky Way stars.

If printed in normal resolution, the image would be 7 meters high and nine meters long. A (probably somewhat reduced but) zoomable version is now online and can be found here:

https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1242a/zoomable/

Stargazing can be a humbling experience, and so is zooming into this image, but remember to wait for a moment for the details to load.

Topic: RE: ESO Publishes 9 GPixel Image Of Milky Way's Center
Username: JeffSFO
Posted 2012-10-24 15:24:24 and read 3928 times.

Thanks for posting this. Here's a clickable link to the site:

https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1242a/zoomable/

Topic: RE: ESO Publishes 9 GPixel Image Of Milky Way's Center
Username: francoflier
Posted 2012-10-25 13:24:54 and read 3735 times.

Even when zooming to the maximum, there are still more stars than there are pixels on my screen...

Humbling indeed.

Topic: RE: ESO Publishes 9 GPixel Image Of Milky Way's Center
Username: titanmiller
Posted 2012-10-26 07:35:29 and read 3615 times.

Here is a torrent file to download the image: http://wikisend.com/download/173118/thelargepicture.torrent

Topic: RE: ESO Publishes 9 GPixel Image Of Milky Way's Center
Username: flybaurlax
Posted 2012-10-31 16:24:41 and read 3224 times.

Thanks for sharing! That is truly brilliant. It really puts us into perspective how small we are. Very fascinating.

Topic: RE: ESO Publishes 9 GPixel Image Of Milky Way's Center
Username: NoUFO
Posted 2012-10-31 17:14:15 and read 3214 times.

Glad you guys like it. And thanks for the clickable link.


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