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ESO Publishes 9 GPixel Image Of Milky Way's Center  
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7960 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4054 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.


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User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 838 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 3960 times:

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

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


User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3790 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (1 year 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 3767 times:

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

Humbling indeed.



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User currently offlinetitanmiller From United States of America, joined May 2006, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3647 times:

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

User currently offlineflybaurlax From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3256 times:

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


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7960 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

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


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