A new galactic survey shows billions of objects in the Milky Way galaxy
It took two years — and 21,400 shots — to capture an astonishing view of your spiraled galactic home, the Milky Way.
On Jan. 18, astronomers released a "gargantuan" survey of the Milky Way as part of an ambitious project called the "Dark Energy Camera Plane Survey."
They captured this view using an instrument called the Dark Energy Camera at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, perched at 7,200 feet of elevation in Chile. The camera is mounted to a large telescope that spans over 13 feet wide; ultimately it snapped images of a whopping 3.32 billion objects, most of which are stars.
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