Boffins reveal most detailed map of the universe

275x250.jpg Astronomers have revealed what is said to be the most detailed map of the universe ever created - stitched together from seven million images.

The resulting image - which is made from more than a trillion pixels - is so big it would take 500,000 HD televisions to be fully displayed.

While the picture has been released toady by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III, it was originally started in 1998 using a 138-megapixel imaging detector.

Since then astronomers have been scanning the sky to help identify and describe nearly half a billion stars and galaxies.
275x250.jpg Bob Nichol from the University of Portsmouth, said: "This image is the culmination of decades of work by hundreds of people, and has already produced many incredible discoveries.

"Astronomy has a rich tradition of making all such data freely available to
the public, and we hope everyone will enjoy it as much as we have."

"This is one of the biggest bounties in the history of science," added Professor Mike Blanton from New York University.

Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III    
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