Largest Astronomical Image of the Milky Way with 46 Billion Pixels

46 million pixels milky way

Astronomers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) started monitoring the Galaxy in search of objects with variable brightness, and finally after five years they have managed to compile the largest astronomical image of the Milky Way.

This gigantic digital image of the Milky Way was planned half a decade ago, as a particular area of the southern sky was divided into 268 sections and each section was photographed individually with the use of telescopes at the Cerro Armazones Observatory in Chile. Later, all these images were assembled together to create a single image of 194 Gigabytes.

This image containing 46 billion pixels is so heavy is size that the astronomers have provided an online tool for public to experience the complete ribbon of the Milky Way.

46 million pixels milky way

A zoomed-in part of the Milky Way.

“For five years, the astronomers from Bochum have been monitoring our Galaxy in the search of objects with variable brightness. Those objects may, for example, include stars in front of which a planet is passing, or multiple systems where stars orbit each other and which obscure each other every now and then.” as stated in the official press release.

To get started, CHICK HERE to view the largest astronomical image of the Milky Way using the online tool.

Image credits: Lehrstuhl für Astrophysik, RUB

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