selfconchesshawty

ikenbot:

Milky Way Shows 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels

Side Note: The two images shown above are mere crop outs from ESA’s recent hit: The 9 Billion Pixel Image of 84 Million Stars. These two focus on the bright center of the image for the purpose of highlighting what a peak at 84,000,000 stars looks like.

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile have released a breathtaking new photograph showing the central area of our Milky Way galaxy. The photograph shows a whopping 84 million stars in an image measuring 108500×81500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels.

It’s actually a composite of thousands of individual photographs shot with the observatory’s VISTA survey telescope, the same camera that captured the amazing 55-hour exposure. Three different infrared filters were used to capture the different details present in the final image.

The VISTA’s camera is sensitive to infrared light, which allows its vision to pierce through much of the space dust that blocks the view of ordinary optical telescope/camera systems.

source

  1. veggieweightwatchers reblogged this from dirtyberd
  2. blackc-at reblogged this from afro-dominicano
  3. yearroundpumpkinface reblogged this from dear-monday
  4. selenedestiny reblogged this from turnedtostardust
  5. a-princess-in-disguise reblogged this from sibellawadsworth
  6. sibellawadsworth reblogged this from twinkletoes
  7. rackrashock reblogged this from lythedis
  8. sierranicole06 reblogged this from moka-bear
  9. macabrejinx reblogged this from lythedis
  10. lythedis reblogged this from lucklessdarling
  11. shaun-d-ace reblogged this from princefawns
  12. thenaut131 reblogged this from tirezi
  13. jckryan reblogged this from twinkletoes
  14. beneath-the-impulse reblogged this from moonlitfae
  15. moonlitfae reblogged this from turnedtostardust
  16. turnedtostardust reblogged this from chaserofstarlight
  17. anotherkindofshakespeare reblogged this from tomeeklystay
  18. twinkletoes reblogged this from tirezi
  19. tirezi reblogged this from blackwishingstar
  20. moka-bear reblogged this from natures-transience
  21. mosperiburg reblogged this from chevko
  22. squashnugget reblogged this from fuckyeahiwanttobelieve
  23. dogbreedingfrogs reblogged this from blackwishingstar
  24. blackwishingstar reblogged this from shirogiku
  25. the-idea-cache reblogged this from sneakysalsa
  26. k-ntville reblogged this from tomeeklystay
  27. zargenathen reblogged this from chaserofstarlight
  28. shirogiku reblogged this from tomeeklystay
  29. chevko reblogged this from tomeeklystay and added:
    WE ARE THE ONLY LIVING, SENTIENT LIFEFORM IN THE WHOLE, WIDE UNIVERSE.
  30. emmasynders reblogged this from chaserofstarlight
  31. n-onentity reblogged this from natures-transience