SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jet Blasts, Saturn Moon, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jet Blasts, Saturn Moon, More
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September 14, 2009--The plane of the Milky Way stretches across the sky in a new 360-degree panoramic picture released as part of the European Southern Observatory's Gigagalaxy Zoom project. The online version of the high-resolution picture posted by ESO contains 18 million pixels, but that's just a drop in the bucket compared to the original 800-million-pixel image created by French astrophotographer Serge Brunier.

Using a digital camera, Brunier took pictures of the night sky as seen from Chile's Atacama Desert and the Canary Islands' La Palma island between August 2008 and February 2009. Brunier's colleague Frédéric Tapissier and ESO personnel then stitched together nearly 1,200 of Bunier's pictures using computer software to create the new panorama.
— Image courtesy ESO
 
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