My God, it's Full of Stars

Nick Risinger traveled 60,000 miles and took thousands of photographs of the night sky to create one, single image that beggars belief - the entire sphere of space that surrounds our planet:

The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity. When we look upon this image, we are in fact peering back in time, as much of the light—having traveled such vast distances—predates civilization itself.

Seen at a depth thousands of times more faint than the dimmest visible star, tens of millions of other suns appear, still perhaps only a hundredth of one percent thought to exist in our galaxy alone. Our Milky Way galaxy is the dominant feature, its dusty arms sweeping through the frame, punctuated by red clouds of glowing hydrogen. To the lower right are our nearest neighbors, each small galaxies themselves with their own hundreds of millions of stars.

Click on the small piece of the image below to access the entire pan and zoom version:

Total Perspective Vortex - The Milky Way

Awe-some. And if that's not enough of a Total Perspective Vortex for you, try this one.


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Georgehants's picture
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What a wonderful achievement for one persons life's work, if he does nothing else, he should be remembered for one of the best endeavors.


Rick MG's picture
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Incredible photography by Risinger, it's breathtaking and makes me yearn for a campfire a thousand miles away from the nearest city full of artificial lights.

It also boggles my mind how anyone can look at that panorama of stars and say with complete certainty that there are no other planets in the galaxy that habour life.

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Live's picture
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The amount of possibilities in this beautiful piece of art is so massive it aches my mind and body.

Support your local dark sky community

And if you ever find yourself in Pennsylvania visit one of the most beautiful night skys in the country at Cherry Springs.

Sometimes we get what we need instead of what we want.

red pill junkie's picture
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Mind --blown away +_+

Imagine when we can have OLEDs that would allow us to view this magnificent view in our room's ceiling.

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

Red Pill Junkie

emlong's picture
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People here are making a very good point. One of the greatest mind expnading projects might be to return us to the dark night time skies our distant forebears knew.