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Center of Milky Way Pictured in 9-gigapixel Image

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ESO has released a 9-gigapixel image of the central part our galaxy that shows more than 84 million stars. It is the largest picture ever taken of the Milky Way.

The image was formed with the help of the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. Measuring 12-foot in diameter, the telescope has a camera with 16 infrared detectors and a total resolution of 67 megapixels. Data from six separate surveys involving the camera enabled ESO to stitch together a picture that has now a resolution of 108,200 by 81,500 pixels. Printed in a reasonable resolution (600 dpi) to highlight the content, the image would result in a size of 180 x 136 inches or about 15 x 11 feet. ESO said that the image shows about 84 million stars in the center of our galaxy.

"Each star occupies a particular spot in this diagram at any moment during its lifetime," explained Dante Minniti from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and co-author of the study. "Where it falls depends on how bright it is and how hot it is. Since the new data gives us a snapshot of all the stars in one go, we can now make a census of all the stars in this part of the Milky Way."

At the time of this writing the zoomable picture was removed from the ESO's website due to overwhelming demand from web users. The organization said it will be offering the full picture at a later point in time again.

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    wardoc22 , October 24, 2012 10:05 PM
    Where can I download this?
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    Shin-san , October 24, 2012 10:29 PM
    850 x 425 isn't even 1 megapixel. Where is it, toms
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    rutiger , October 25, 2012 1:01 AM
    "shows more than 84 million stars"

    I only counted 83,568,723 and wonder which ones I missed.
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  • 13 Hide
    wardoc22 , October 24, 2012 10:05 PM
    Where can I download this?
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    RogueKitsune , October 24, 2012 10:16 PM
    Quote:
    At the time of this writing the zoomable picture was removed from the ESO's website due to overwhelming demand from web users. The organization said it will be offering the full picture at a later point in time again.


    Very sad i wanted to see it. Hopefully it will be back up before i forget about it :p 
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    Anonymous , October 24, 2012 10:24 PM
    kitsune: hopefully the stars can see us before we are forgotten.
  • 12 Hide
    Shin-san , October 24, 2012 10:29 PM
    850 x 425 isn't even 1 megapixel. Where is it, toms
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    Anonymous , October 24, 2012 10:32 PM
    Deep
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    Anonymous , October 24, 2012 10:37 PM
    will ESO offer any kind of print or poster for sale?
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    back_by_demand , October 24, 2012 10:37 PM
    Shin-san850 x 425 isn't even 1 megapixel. Where is it, toms

    Read the fu*king story and get some medication for that ADHD
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    hydac7 , October 24, 2012 10:44 PM
    just cool , very cool , so where can i get the full picture ?
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    robochump , October 24, 2012 10:45 PM
    RogueKitsuneVery sad i wanted to see it. Hopefully it will be back up before i forget about it


    Yeah, NOW I hear about it! Sigh...
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    otacon72 , October 24, 2012 10:54 PM
    wardoc22Where can I download this?


    hydac7just cool , very cool , so where can i get the full picture ?


    Quote:
    At the time of this writing the zoomable picture was removed from the ESO's website due to overwhelming demand from web users. The organization said it will be offering the full picture at a later point in time again.


    Read much?
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , October 24, 2012 10:55 PM
    that's me just left of center WAVING
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    sliem , October 24, 2012 11:03 PM
    Where's the download link? ... haha just kidding.
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    Anonymous , October 24, 2012 11:11 PM
    There is an easy way to solve bandwidth problems when proving files of considerable size: bittorrent.
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    back_by_demand , October 24, 2012 11:30 PM
    otacon72Read much?

    Obviously not, I thought it was just Hustler magazine where they only looked at the pictures and didn't read the story? I guess reading the actual acticle is something that genuinely did not occur to them
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    cookoy , October 24, 2012 11:35 PM
    a 9 gp picture of the supermassive central black hole would be nice
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    boucleinfinie , October 24, 2012 11:38 PM
    back_by_demandRead the fu*king story and get some medication for that ADHD


    *Whoosh*
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    house70 , October 24, 2012 11:44 PM
    Someone, somewhere HAS to print this mother.
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2012 12:20 AM
    I'm thankful there aren't any Tyranids in this picture.
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    pliskin1 , October 25, 2012 12:36 AM
    house70Someone, somewhere HAS to print this mother.

    I agree, I wanna look at the 15'x11' image.
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    rutiger , October 25, 2012 1:01 AM
    "shows more than 84 million stars"

    I only counted 83,568,723 and wonder which ones I missed.
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