Milky Way Photo With 46 Billion Pixels Is World's Largest Astronomical Image

Posted: Oct 22 2015, 7:05am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Milky Way Photo with 46 Billion Pixels is World's Largest Astronomical Image
A small section of the Milky Way photo showing Eta Carinae / Credit: Lehrstuhl für Astrophysik, RUB
  • The Biggest Pic of Outer Space has a Resolution of 46 Billion Pixels

The biggest pic of outer space happens to have a resolution of 46 billion pixels. It is indeed a sight to see in all its mystic marvelousness.

The largest astro-image is of the Milky Way and it is made up of 268 individual layouts. They in turn consist of 46 billion pixels. It is a huge reserve comprising 194 gigabytes in its file format. There is in fact a special online tool build by researchers at Ruhr University Bochum to allow users to scroll through the pic.

It was not just an attempt at painting a fancy picture of the universe. The researchers were looking into what could only be termed variable phenomena. The brilliance of different stars and the way this refulgence changes over a period of time was studied.  

The methodology through which stars oscillate and vanish shows other planets and stars that get in their way. The limited knowledge we have gained about planets in other solar systems is via the changes in their stars due to their orbital paths around them.

This exercise requires a lot of pics to be taken time after time. And thanks to a repository of these pictures, we are able to gaze into the depths of space today in the form of the 46 billion pixel image of the Milky Way.

It isn’t everyday that ordinary people get to explore the depths of the universe at 46 billion pixels. It is a rare and once in a lifetime chance that everyone ought to avail. Outer space just does not end. There are stars and galaxies and ten thousand other phenomenon that just keep on spilling outwards into the distant horizons.

Most of the images seen by those with a special interest in astronomy are of a single object. But with this gigantic image that story changes both its plot and narrative. Now a wide expanse of the universe can be viewed without any holds barred. 

You can ever apply various filters to the giant pic if you like to. The interactive online tool that is provided along with the gargantuan picture makes sure that you get a full opportunity to explore the image for all its worth.

Find out all sorts of things about the objects and heavenly bodies in the final frontier that is space via this “size is everything” photograph of sorts. Now the layman can have access to what was once relegated to experts in the astronomical sciences. 

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