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All-Sky Milky Way Panorama

Axel Mellinger, a physics professor at Central Michigan University, spent 22 months and traveled over 26,000 miles, ultimately using a Linux computer to apply the complex mathematics required to assemble 3,000 individual charged couple device images into this high-resolution, all-sky mosaic.

Imaged from dark-sky locations in South Africa, Texas, and Michigan, the resulting view of our home galaxy is one no star-gazer could ever see from any single spot on earth.

We recommend you explore an interactive version at his website. Download the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific paper detailing his effort [.pdf].

The full image is probably best viewed via modern, full-dome planetarium projection systems, like those employed by the Morehead Planetarium at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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November 1, 2009 - Posted by | Science, The Arts, Uncategorized | ,

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