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.
Andromeda in Infrared. It is the closest galaxy to the Milky way at about 250 million light years distant. It will collide with our own galaxy in a few billion years to create one massive galaxy. I wonder what will happen when the two super massive black holes at the centre of our galaxies collide?
A Tall Milky Way Flickr by Luis Argerich. A Vertical panorama of the Milky Way after twilight. The central bulge of the Milky Way is clearly visible at Sagitarius. The great rift in the middle and the dark coalsack nebula are also visible contrasting against the bright sky.