All the stars in the sky … and in a single digital image.

Two years ago physics professor Axel Mellinger set out to create a massive photographic panorama of all the stars. He is now finished -- having created an image with something like 25 million stars in it. (Courtesy Axel Mellinger)

Two years ago physics professor Axel Mellinger set out to create a massive photographic panorama of all the stars. He is now finished -- having created an image with something like 25 million stars in it. (Courtesy Axel Mellinger)

In the past, I have written about that fabulous night sky in Botswana.  It is so detailed and expansive, that no photo could properly capture it.  That said, one man, Axel Mellinger a Central Michigan University professor  has given it a try.  He has  spent two years “to create a massive photographic panorama of all the stars in the night sky.  The result is impressive and does remind me of what I saw in Africa.  According to his web site, 3,000 individual images were merged to make the final image.  In an ABC News article, it is noted that close to 25 million stars are in the image! Photos were taken in dark locations in Texas, South Africa and Michigan.  At full resolution, the image is 648 MPixels!  Dr. Mellinger’s site (link) allows one to pan and zoom to see details.  Enjoy!

Links:

ABC News article

Dr. Axel Mellinger’s web site

Article on shooting the night sky

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