Saturday, December 12, 2009

What does a million stars look like?

Behold one of the first images from the new VISTA (Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy) at the European Southern Observatory. For this photo the telescope was aimed toward the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, and includes about a million stars. Space doesn't look so desloate after all, does it?

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