Space Swoon: Behold the Milky Way Galaxy’s center featuring 84 million stars. We are cosmic ants, but it’s okay!
I say goddamn. Bask in this image of the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, featuring 84 million stars.
My God, it’s full of stars!
To create this unprecedented view of the Milky Way, ESO combined thousands of individual images from VISTA, taken through three different infrared filters, into a single monumental mosaic. These data form part of the VVV public survey and have been used to study a much larger number of individual stars in the central parts of the Milky Way than ever before. Because VISTA has a camera sensitive to infrared light it can see through much of the dust blocking the view for optical telescopes. The results are truly mesmerizing!