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See Night Sky in its biggest avatar yet

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 13:46

Zeenews Bureau

Seattle: Astronomers have managed to put together the biggest colour picture of the night sky ever made, after an almost 11-year long effort.

The image, assembled by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), is actually a combination of seven million telescope images, each consisting of 125 million pixels - the final image amounts to 1.2 trillion pixels in all.

One would need 500,000 high-definition TVs to see the image in one go at full resolution.

Professional astronomers as well as the general public have unrestricted access to the SDSS III image. One can zoom on to view the image in high resolution.

In the past, Google Sky and Microsoft`s WorldWide Telescope have used SDSS imagery to build online planetarium programs.

The Telegraph quoted Professor Bob Nichol, of the University of Portsmouth, as saying: "This image represents the culmination of more than a decade of work, and opens opportunities for many years of scientific discoveries yet to come.”

“This is one of the biggest bounties in the history of science,” New York University astronomer Mike Blanton was quoted as saying.

The image’s release was declared at the 217th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, US.

First Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 13:46

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