Scientists constructed the mosaic from 800,000 individual images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope during a five-year period. Pixel junkies can salivate at the thought of 2.5 billion pixels that help make the image pop.
Spitzer's infrared views covered about half the entire Milky Way in this particular view. For stargazers, that translates into an area of sky as wide as a pointer finger and as long as the length of arms wide open.
People who can't get enough of galactic scenery can check out Spitzer's earlier collaborative work with the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which provides a three-way view of the Milky Way center.
Looks like pond water with trash floating in it.
I think I see Jesus just a little to the left of center.
But I'm not getting excited just yet. I also see Wotan and my mother-in-law.
Space can't have pollution can it :D
where's a link to a larger image? nearly 3 billion pixels and it's only displayed here as 600 wide? lolllllllllllllllllll
WHERES WALDO?! OH GOD WHERES WALDO?!?!?!?!
If my math is right, then to put "us" into perspective.
The full solar system, going out as far as the Pluto, would max out [depending where the outermost "planets" were in their orbits] at around 1/500th of a pixel wide on that panorama. To get our solar system to be a single pixel, the thing would have to have been 60000 feet wide, instead of 120 feet!
Want to see the Earth in one pixel? Make the total image 11 million times bigger [2.2 miles across]...
Awesome, would love to have something like this in my room. But, I would need a mansion.
Well, technically, we're nowhere on that picture, given that the entire picture was taken from Earth's vantage point.
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