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Nichole Baumgardner
Nichole Baumgardner • 2 years ago

The central Milky Way region is captured in this expansive gigapixel mosaic of 1200 individual images and 200 hours of exposure time. The images were collected over 29 nights with a small telescope under the clear, dark skies of the ESO Paranal Observatory in Chile. Starting on the left, look for the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae, the Cat's Paw, the Pipe dark nebula, and the colorful clouds of Rho Ophiuchi and Antares (right).

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Central area of the Milky Way galaxy, released by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile. The photo shows 84 million stars in an image measuring 108,500×81,500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels, and is actually a composite of thousands of individual photographs shot with the observatory's VISTA survey telescope.

The Hydra Cluster of Galaxies Image (credit & copyright: Angus Lau)

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Horseshoe Park Milky Way with Andromeda Galaxy

The Milky Way arches across this rare 360-degree panorama of the night sky above the Paranal platform, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. The image was made from 37 individual frames with a total exposure time of about 30 minutes, taken in the early morning hours. The Moon is just rising and the zodiacal light shines above it, while the Milky Way stretches across the sky opposite the observatory.

Milky Way galaxy

The Trifid Nebula in Stars and Dust (credit & copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona)