A Central Michigan University professor and Physicist Axel Mellinger has spent nearly two years traveling the world. Crossing South Africa, Texas and Michigan in a 26,000 miles world tour to obtain individual photos to compile this massive 648 Mega Pixel image of the Milky Way as seen from Earth using the 3,000 individual photographs he collected in his travels.
This panorama image shows stars 1000 times fainter than the human eye can see, as well as hundreds of galaxies, star clusters and nebulae,” Mellinger said. Its high resolution makes the panorama useful for both educational and scientific purposes, he says.
Another problem Mellinger had to deal with was the differing background light in each photograph.
“Due to artificial light pollution, natural air glow, as well as sunlight scattered by dust in our solar system, it is virtually impossible to take a wide-field astronomical photograph that has a perfectly uniform background,” Mellinger said.
Check out the full 648 mega pixel Milky Way
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