(ESO/Nick Risinger/skysurvey.org ) This very wide-field view of the Milky Way shows the extent of the new VISTA infrared image of the centre of the galaxy (in red).
New Nine GIGAPIXEL Image Reveals Milky Way in Unprecedented Detail
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OCTOBER 24, 2012
Mark Prigg, Daily Mail

A new striking nine-gigapixel image has captured a catalogue of more than 84 million stars in the central parts of the Milky Way - ten times more than previously observed. It has also found a large number of faint red dwarf stars which are prime candidates around which to search for small exoplanets - planets outside the solar system that may be Earth-like.
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