Poster: Gigagalaxy Zoom

This magnificent 360-degree panoramic image of our Milky Way, covering the entire southern and northern celestial sphere, reveals the cosmic landscape that surrounds our tiny blue planet. This gorgeous starscape serves as the first of three extremely high-resolution images featured in the GigaGalaxy Zoom project, launched by ESO within the framework of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). The plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, which we see edge-on from our perspective on Earth, cuts a luminous swath across the image. The projection used in GigaGalaxy Zoom place the viewer in front of our Galaxy with the Galactic Plane running horizontally through the image — almost as if we were looking at the Milky Way from the outside. From this vantage point, the general components of our spiral galaxy come clearly into view, including its disc, marbled with both dark and glowing nebulae, which harbours bright, young stars, as well as the Galaxy’s central bulge and its satellite galaxies.

This double-sided poster is available from ESOshop on high quality paper in format 100 x 50 cm. 

Front:

Front

Back:

Back

Credit:

ESO/S. Brunier

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Release date:9 September 2010, 22:29
Dimensions:100 cm (W) x 50 cm (H)
Pixel Size:11811 x 5905 px
Resolution:300 dpi

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