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VISTA creates huge nine-gigapixel zoomable image of 84 million stars

24 Oct 2012, 14:31 UTC
VISTA creates huge nine-gigapixel zoomable image of 84 million stars

A nine-gigapixel zoomable image of 84 million stars has been created by an international team of astronomers using the UK-built VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory. The image is so large that, if printed with the resolution of the average book, it would be nine metres long and seven metres tall. The huge dataset contains ten times more stars than previous studies and is a major step forward for the understanding of our home galaxy,

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