Celestial Sphere

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This is the entire celestial sphere as seen from the best vantage points on Earth. The 800-million pixel image comes from the European Southern Observatory’s GigaGalaxyZoom project. The Milky Way, viewed edge-on, shows its central bulge and both dark and glowing nebulae – birthplaces of new stars.

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ESO unveils an amazing, interactive, 360-degree panoramic view of the entire night sky
14 September 2009
http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/press-rel/pr-2009/pr-32-09.html

Giga Galaxy Zoom’ offers tour of Milky Way
A. Pawlowski
CNN, September 16, 2009 —
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/09/16/galaxy.interactive.image/index.html

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