A new image of a vast area of the Milky Way galaxy shows more than three billion stars, clouds of gas and dust, and regions where stars are born. CNN writes.
It is perhaps the largest group of celestial bodies from our galaxy ever captured on camera. It still covers only 6.5% of the starry sky, According to Fox Weather.
For two years, the Dark Energy Camera has been collecting data, as part of the Dark Energy Camera Plane Survey. In this context, “scanning” is the process of taking an image of a larger area of the sky, rather than just a specific celestial body.
The camera is located on the four-meter Víctor M. Blanco telescope at the National Science Foundation’s Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.
– This is a great technical achievement. Imagine a group photo of more than three billion people where you get to know each individual, says Debra Fisher, director of the National Science Foundation.
They are the ones who operate the camera.
Astronomers will be examining this detailed picture of more than three billion stars in the Milky Way for decades to come, she says.
on this page You can also zoom in closely on each pixel.
And if you need a break from everyday life, put on a headset, view it full screen, and take a minute to think a little about how unimaginably huge our universe is.
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