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84 Million Stars and Counting — VISTA creates largest ever catalogue of centre of our galaxy

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Using a whopping nine-gigapixel image from the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory, an international team of astronomers has created a catalogue of more than 84 million stars in the central parts of the Milky Way. This gigantic dataset contains more than ten times more stars than previous studies and is a major step forward for the understanding of our home galaxy. The image gives viewers an incredible, zoomable view of the central part of our galaxy. It is so large that, if printed with the resolution of a typical book, it would be 9 metres long and 7 metres tall. This pan video gives a closer look at a huge new image of the central parts of the Milky Way made by combining thousands of images from ESO's VISTA telescope on Paranal in Chile and compares it with the view in visible light. These infrared data, which come from the VVV public survey, have been used to study a much larger number of individual stars in the central parts of the Milky Way than ever before. Because VISTA has a camera sensitive to infrared light it can see through much of the dust blocking the view in visible light, although many more opaque dust filaments still show up well in this picture. Credit: ESO/VVV Consortium/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org) Music: Delmo -- Acoustic (disasterpeace.com) Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo, Martin Kornmesser
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Payal (6 years ago)
Glad to hear :-) Hope that you keep up the good work and carry on being awesome!
Astronomy (6 years ago)
Hi Evilcutepants ... :-) my daughters fine and I work .. and observing the wonders of the universe. my daughters love jade smith ... (karate kid) .... they give you the video "Jaden Smith Dancing". Bye my girlfriend
Payal (6 years ago)
Heyy! How r u? School is fine by the way and how is your daughter?

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