Gargantuan Astronomical Data Tapestry of the Milky Way

Astronomers have released a gargantuan survey of the galactic plane of the Milky Way. The new dataset contains a staggering 3.32 billion celestial objects — arguably the largest such catalog so far. The data for this unprecedented survey were taken with the US Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera at the NSF’s Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, a Program of NOIRLab. 

The survey is here reproduced in 4000-pixels resolution to be accessible on smaller devices.

 

Credit:

DECaPS2/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

Image processing: M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)

 

About the Image

Id:noirlab2301a
Type:Observation
Release date:Jan. 18, 2023, 2 p.m.
Related releases:noirlab2301
Size:4000 x 611 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way
Category:Galaxies

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