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The Milky Way Panorama
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This 360-degree panoramic image, covering the entire southern and northern celestial sphere, reveals the cosmic landscape that surrounds our planet. This starscape is part of the GigaGalaxy Zoom project, launched by ESO for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

The original image totals 800-million-pixels, so this version is clearly reduced a lot but viewed at full size still displays a vast amount of detail.

Image Credit: ESO (European Southern Observatory)

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::Ed1958
09/18/09 1:17 PM GMT
Very interesting and lovely.
Thanks for sharing.
Faved.
Ed.
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::Marzena
09/21/09 4:31 PM GMT
Hard to believe this is true ...
Vast and mystical.
Made me ponder on universal matters [but I must be careful with my fresh brain concussion] LOL
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With all my love and respect, Marzena
=ppigeon
09/21/09 8:50 PM GMT
My new desktop! Thanks a lot :-)
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-Pierre-
.avedeloff
09/22/09 2:32 PM GMT
It is always amazing how many stars are really out there!
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"Hurry to meet Death before your place is taken."
podzina
09/23/09 12:04 AM GMT
wenn you close your eyes you can see something like this - the beauty!
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