Does your camera phone do this? – 46 billion pixels of Milky Way #amacrojot @profmcateer

One of the hardest parts of science is trying to study some parts of it in detail, while not forgetting that any one topic is just part of a much bigger picture. Sometimes we get so stuck on the details of the trees, that we miss the forest.  A team of scientists from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have came up with a new tool to help us keep this perspective in astrophysics.

http://astro.vm.rub.de/

Over a series of nights in the last 5 years,  a campaign was carried out by the scientists in an attempt to create a catalogue of objects with variable brightness (e.g., when exoplanets crosses its stellar disk. They used telescopes based in Chile’s Atacama desert to shoot the same patches of the southern sky repeatedly over several days. Now they have taken all these data and compiled the largest astronomical image, ever. About 268 images have been aligned and captures in one image in order to create a vast 194-gigabyte galactic mosaic.

Even if you spend $10,000 on your 4K resolution, 8 million pixel tv, you’ll still be left disappointed. This stunning vista is comprised of an impressive 46 billion pixels. It so large that the researchers have provided a special online tool in order to allow viewers to take in the cosmic scene. Like google maps for the milky way. The online tool allows viewers to observe and zoom in on stunning aspects of the Milky Way in incredible detail. You can also search for objects such as stars and nebulae via the input box on the lower left of the screen.

A big milky way galaxy, finally captured in all glory, and all its detail.

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13 comments on “Does your camera phone do this? – 46 billion pixels of Milky Way #amacrojot @profmcateer

  1. This image is honestly astonishing, it puts into perspective how small we are when you realize everything in the image that isn’t black is another star or nebulae. Its impossible to comprehend how many stars there really is out there and this is just within our galaxy

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  2. It is crazy how far technology is coming and the magnitude of the technology needed to see the universe. I can’t eait til i am older and see how much farther technology has come and how much we have discovered.

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  3. Amazing!! I find it so interesting that our technology has been able to develop such high tech cameras to capture the beauty of the solar system.

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  4. Our optical capabilities amaze me we can see so far out in the distance its incredible.
    When ever I think of advance in science I think what if the pioneers ever had a chance to use the equipment we have.

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  5. This is fantastic! It is nice to view the Milky Way Galaxy in such high-definition! I think this a great way for people to get a glimpse of what certain stars and constellations truly look like!

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  6. This is truly amazing! I love how we starting to find out so much more about the universe and being able to see it while not being a scientist specializing in so is pretty cool too! Now they can discover even more new things!

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  7. Knowing how fast our technology is accelerating its not surprising to me that soon we will have something in our pocket capable of taking these fantastic pictures of space.

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  8. I think this type of new software is such a positive step forward in our quest to see the universe. This is exactly the type of things that will inspire the next generations of scientists that will ensure our wonders of the sky’s will carry on with time.

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  9. That is amazing detail!!! it’s kinda like a panorama of the galaxy but with great detail and resolution…What I would do for a camera that shot 46 billion pixels. Technology is something else in this present day of age and this is a great learning tool for all you astronomy aficionados, you can really zoom in on the amazing consolations of the galaxy. Fabulous just fabulous.

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  10. great advancement in both photography and science! yet another step that will help us further our knowledge of the wonders of space!

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  11. I have always adored images like this. Space is so beautiful, yet dangerous. But that’s why I love to look these pictures because it’s as close as I can get.

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