AT 46 BILLION PIXELS, THIS IS THE LARGEST IMAGE OF SPACE

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Weighing in at a massive 46 billion pixels, a new image ofthe Milky Way from the astronomers at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany is the largest astronomical image of all time. The picture is so big, researchers headed by Professor Rolf Chini had to create a special online tool to house it. The tool allows you to view the Milky Way in its entirety, zooming in and out to explore specific areas. The image was stitched together from 5 years' worth of data collected by researchers, who were searching the galaxy for objects with variable brightness. So far, more than 50,000 new variable objects have been discovered.
Small section of the photo showing Eta Carinae (Credit: Lehrstuhl für Astrophysik, RUB)



Small section of the photo showing the M8 nebula (Credit: Lehrstuhl für Astrophysik, RUB)
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