© ESO/VVV Consortium, 2012, Milky Way

Largest ever catalogue of centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way:
More than 84 Million Stars / Imagesize: 108 500 by 81 500 pixels

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. (read more)

This image is too large to be easily displayed at full resolution and is best appreciated using the zoom tool.