A snapshot of the Milky Way in all its megapixel glory

credit: DECaPS2/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA Image processing: M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)

This image, which is brimming with stars and dark dust clouds, is a small extract — a mere pinprick — of the full Dark Energy Camera Plane Survey (DECaPS2) of the Milky Way. The new dataset contains a staggering 3.32 billion celestial objects — arguably the largest such catalog so far.

via the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian

Click here if you want a high res version of the Milky Way snapshot image (spoiler alert: it’s 19MB and 4000×4000)

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