A 550 million pixel image of the largest nebula in the Milky Way captured with #myStellina
STELLINA, the observation station developed by the French start-up Vaonis, has, for the first time immortalized the region containing the largest known nebula in our galaxy, the Carina. The mosaic of 546 million pixels required the capture of 208,000 photos.
It took 336 hours of exposure and 168 fields stitched together, to create this giant photo of the Milky Way. Thanks to its ease of use, any user equipped with STELLINA will be able to capture and create such an image. This feat was made possible thanks to the unprecedented feature of “Automatic Mosaic-ing”, which will be made available in a future update in 2021. The instrument will thus become the first automatic telescope available to the general public that allows for limitless photography of the universe.
The ensemble shown, located more than 7000 light years from the Milky Way, offers a breathtaking view of the 1500 light years (16 times the size of the Moon as seen from Earth) includes the Running Chicken nebula (left), the Statue of Liberty nebula (middle) and the Carina nebula (right), so-called emission nebulae which are particularly active in star formation.
This internal project, initiated by Gilles Krebs, Technical Director at Vaonis, is inspired by a photograph taken by a collective of French enthusiasts, the Ciel Austral association. The photo, which was published in 2019, was a mosaic of 4,000 photos and 204 million pixels. For the first time, It revealed the large set of nebulae orbiting the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.