Larger than Life

We are so accustomed to skies full of light pollution that this photograph of the Milky Way appears almost unreal in its vividness. It was taken at the site of the KPNO 2.1-meter Telescope of the Kitt Peak National Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. The locations for advanced telescopes are chosen based on several key criteria: the lack of artificial light sources nearby, an arid environment, and clear skies. Not only do these conditions facilitate science-quality telescopic observations, but they make for extraordinary astrophotography.

Credit:

KPNO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/R.T. Sparks

About the Image

Id:iotw2022a
Type:Photographic
Release date:May 27, 2020, 5:53 a.m.
Size:5179 x 3473 px

About the Object


Image Formats

Large JPEG
4.9 MB
Screensize JPEG
246.9 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
265.0 KB
1280x1024
427.6 KB
1600x1200
608.1 KB
1920x1200
715.7 KB
2048x1536
980.1 KB