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VISTA gigapixel mosaic of the central parts of the Milky Way by esoepod

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8.82 Gigapixels
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Oct 26, 2012
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This striking view of the central parts of the Milky Way was obtained with the VISTA survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. This huge picture is 108 500 by 81 500 pixels and contains nearly nine billion pixels. It was created by combining thousands of individual images from VISTA, taken through three different infrared filters, into a single monumental mosaic. These data form part of the VVV public survey and have been used to study a much larger number of individual stars in the central parts of the Milky Way than ever before. Because VISTA has a camera sensitive to infrared light it can see through much of the dust blocking the view for optical telescopes, although many more opaque dust filaments still show up well in this picture.

Credit: ESO/VVV Survey/D. Minniti
Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo, Martin Kornmesser

Gigapan Comments (8)

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  1. watcherofskies

    watcherofskies (December 09, 2014, 04:08PM )

    Look closer! "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20

  2. shaunlamont

    shaunlamont (January 19, 2013, 09:46PM )

    i see no god, just thermonuclear explosions, and vacuum

  3. Schrijvertje

    Schrijvertje (December 31, 2012, 11:19AM )

    Absolutely stunning! Thanks!

  4. Giga Works

    Giga Works (November 11, 2012, 01:22AM )


  5. DemonSpunk

    DemonSpunk (November 08, 2012, 02:12PM )


  6. beck

    beck (November 08, 2012, 11:14AM )


  7. Victoria Gideon

    Victoria Gideon (October 31, 2012, 12:28AM )

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for showing us just a small piece of God's work. :)

  8. Hasan Yazanel

    Hasan Yazanel (October 29, 2012, 03:20PM )

    wonderfull work.. thanks for sharing..

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