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A 3D Flythrough of the Milky Way Created with Over 400K Telescope Photos


Want to be blown away by the size and beauty of the Milky Way? daveachuk of Vancouver, Canada, created this 8-minute-long flythrough of our galaxy in 3D. It may look like a CGI rendering, but it’s not: it’s actually the result of combining over 400,000 photos captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope across various wavelengths and over 6 years. Gigapixels upon gigapixels of photos were processed and manipulated over 5 months of spare-time work to create what you see above.

Dave has posted a technical explanation of how the 3D effect was done over on Reddit.