A 9-gigapixel map of the milky way galaxy has people across the globe mesmerized. If you haven’t questioned why you were here, you will now.
This stunning image shows the core of the milky way (our home) and was shot by the VISTA telescope from the European Space Agency. This image is easily the most detailed portrait of the Milky Way galaxy ever produced and has allowed astronomers to catalog around 84 million stars. Yes, I said 84 million.
This image is mind-blowing. The image in the video below is a reduced version of the image but is still quite intense even in its reduced form. To see the full version (all 9 gigapixels) click here. To get the full experience I suggest zooming in the stars. In order to make this image happen VISTA snapped thousands of images of the sky and they were all stitched together to make this fantastic image.
In order to give you an idea of just how powerful the VISTA telescope is, take a look at the image below. The first is a normal infrared telescope and the second (bottom) is from the VISTA. The VISTA for those who do not know is one of the largest visible telescopes on the planet.
After seeing this I have no doubt in my mind that there is more to this universe than meets the eye. Our galaxy is part of something much more intense than we’ll ever have the privilege of knowing. Isn’t this stunning? I am awestruck, to say the least. We can only hope there will be more images like this one to come. I could spend hours zooming in on different areas of this mosaic map of the Milky Way.