Into the Milky Way
One telescope and its 161 inches of mirror were used to create this 9-gigapixel, 30-foot by 20-foot image containing 84 million stars. ESO's VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile took a long look into the center of the Milky Way galaxy, using its infrared camera to see through most of the dust that would otherwise obscure the view. Be sure to "click to enlarge" to get a better look at one of the largest astronomical images ever taken.
Image: ESO / VVV Consortium