More star stuff

February 16, 2023

This time, closer to home

“A massive new composite released earlier this year reveals a confounding number of stars in the Milky Way. An international collaboration gathered from multiple telescopes at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, the stunning work captures a staggering 3.32 billion celestial objects across 130 degrees of the night sky—for context, the NSF’s NOIRLab team, which is responsible for the 21,400-image composite, shares that this stretch “equates to 13,000 times the angular area of the full moon.”

This quote and image are from This is Colossal. Read the whole story at the link which includes a panoramic view of the Milky Way – the photo above is just a snapshot.

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