New Gigagalaxy view of the Milky Way
The first of these Gigagalaxy images (shown below) provides a 4000 x 2000 pixel edge-on view of our own Milky Way galaxy, along with numerous star clusters, constellations, dust clouds, nebula and several nearby galaxies.
The above image is a minature version of the actual Gigagalaxy Zoom image, which comes in at an incredible 800 million pixels. What you see is a 360° panoramic image that covers the entire southern and northern celestial sphere and reveals the entire cosmic landscape that surrounds our tiny blue planet.
The image is composed of almost 300 fields, each one captured four times by astrophotographer Serge Brunier, adding up to nearly 1200 photographs that encompass the entire night sky. Each photo required a six-minute exposure, resulting in a total exposure time of more than 120 hours.
If you would like to find out more about these stunning images, then please visit the Gigagalaxy Zoom website.