6 June 2008

The Big Picture

Posted by Ryan Anderson

This news is a few days old, but it’s so cool I had to share it. At the American Astronomical Society (AAS) conference this week, astronomers have unveiled a 55 meter long infrared image of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The image is a mosiac of more than 800,000 images from the Spitzer space telescope. Forget the “Megapixels” you’re used to hearing about for your digital camera. This bad boy is is 39,000 x 6000 pixels in size: more than 4 billion pixels. Want to see what an image like this looks like? Look no further, the internet will show you. Just head over to this great image viewer, and get lost in our galaxy.