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Photo of 200,000 galaxies

galaxies astronomy

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:

galaxies astronomy

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)

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