Somebody’s taken a monster 4.1 meter telescope in the southern hemisphere and pointed it at the same patch of sky for 55 hours. The result is a 17,000 x 11,000 pixel 250-megabyte image containing 200,000 galaxies. Insane. Above is a scaled down version. Here’s one of an infinite number of possible zooms:
One could spend tons of hours just zooming into that thing in Photoshop. Maybe I will some day. For now, I’m enjoying this enthusiastic article on the subject. Also includes the downloadable 250-meg file.
(via Discover Magazine)