46 Billion Pixels of the Universe

192 Gigabytes.  One picture.  And I thought the 4 GB Andromeda shot was impressive (okay it still is). But this shot of the Milky Way, the largest single astronomical image ever compiled, is truly staggering in its detail.  Showing multiple images taken with different filters, the massive compilation is the culmination of a 5-year observing program by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

A small section of the Milky Way photo showing Eta Carinae. Credit: Copyright Chair of Astrophysics, RUB

It’s amazing how much detail is shown, as you zoom in across the different features and truly get a sense for the magnitude of our Galaxy, and for the massive population of stars.

I have yet to find a way to download the 194 GB file itself, but rest assured, if I can, I will.  You can find the image viewing applet online here: http://gds.astro.rub.de

One thought on “46 Billion Pixels of the Universe

  1. angel

    if you do find a way, let me know please

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