One billion stars; billions and billions of pixels
June 11, 2012 8:34 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (29 comments total)
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Want to see what a billion stars look like
from the comfort of your chair?The full image contains 150 billion pixels
, and the detail it contains is only revealed by the three zoom levels, centred on G305, a large and complex star-formation region: the innermost zoom covers a tiny fraction of the full image, but still contains more than ten thousand stars. It combines data from two near-infrared1 telescopes – the UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii and the VISTA telescope in Chile - and is the result of a decade-long collaboration by astronomers at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge.