ESO unveils an amazing, interactive, 360-degree panoramic view of the entire night sky

The first images of ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project  - a new magnificent 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky as seen from ESO’s observing sites in Chile have been released online. The project allows stargazers to explore and experience the Universe as it is seen with the unaided eye from the darkest and best viewing locations in the world.

ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project
The 360-degree panoramic images, covering the entire celestial sphere, reveals the cosmic landscape that surrounds our tiny blue planet. GigaGalaxy Zoom features a web tool that allows users to take a breathtaking dive into our Milky Way. With this tool users can learn more about many different and exciting objects in the image, such as multicoloured nebulae and exploding stars, just by clicking on them. In this way, the project seeks to link the sky we can all see with the deep, “hidden” cosmos that astronomers study on a daily basis. The wonderful quality of the images is a testament to the splendour of the night sky at ESO’s sites in Chile, which are the most productive astronomical observatories in the world.

Overall, the creators of the GigaGalaxy Zoom project hope that these tremendous efforts in bringing the night sky as observed under the best conditions on the planet to stargazers everywhere will inspire awe for the beautiful, immense Universe that we live in.

The GigaGalaxy Zoom web site is at
http://www.gigagalaxyzoom.org

The Milky Way Panorama

Credit ESO/S. Brunier

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