Celestial Cat Meets Cosmic Lobster in 2 Billion Pixels

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    How do you like that headline? It is what it is; the European Southern Observatory is showing off their VLT Survey Telescope again, this time with a considerably large shot of the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334, upper right) and the Lobster Nebula (NGC 6357, lower left). I didn’t wake up today expecting to download a 49511 x 39114 px, 5.4GB image, but what the hell.

    This spectacular image from the VLT Survey Telescope shows the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334, upper right) and the Lobster Nebula (NGC 6357, lower left). These dramatic objects are regions of active star formation where the hot young stars are causing the surrounding hydrogen gas to glow red. The very rich field of view also includes dark clouds of dust. With around two billion pixels this is one of the largest images ever released by ESO. A zoomable version of this giant image is available here. Note that the circular features in the image around bright stars are not real, they are due to reflections within the optics of the telescope and camera.
     
  2. virtualheretic

    virtualheretic Limp Gawd

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    Sounds like a porno title. lol
     
  3. MavericK

    MavericK Zero Cool

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    FTFY :p
     
  4. J3RK

    J3RK [H]ardForum Junkie

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    All the reviews say it's addictive though.
     
  5. Syntax_Error

    Syntax_Error [H]Lite

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    Looks purty. Title sounds like psychedelic rock from the 60's. Is there even an image viewer that can handle a 5GB image?