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ESO Publishes 9 GPixel Image Of Milky Way's Center  
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5676 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:


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, 848 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5582 times:

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


User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4409 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5389 times:

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

Humbling indeed.

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlinetitanmiller From United States of America, joined May 2006, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5269 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, 640 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4878 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, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4868 times:

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

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