January 16, 2011
Biggest Color Image of the Sky!
Astronomers and enthusiasts alike now have the chance to see the biggest most complete rendering of the sky. Gone are the days when one would have to look through their own telescope to grasp the magnitude of the celestial sky. Thanks to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and decades of pictures, astronomers have now come up with an image composed of millions of 2.8 megapixel images.
Started in 1998 at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico the image was compiled by attaching a detector to a 2.5 meter telescope. The image is so revolutionary that Mike Blanton, a professor from New York, believes "This is one of the biggest bounties in the history of science." And while that is a pretty bold statement I think everyone should appreciate the amount of time and data that went into this project. To really appreciate how graphic it is, if you were to view the terapixel image you would need 500,000 high definition TV's to view it at full resolution!
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Posted by evanski at January 16, 2011 07:43 PM