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Between October 2007 and August 2009, Central Michigan University physics professor Axel Mellinger assembled a digital all-sky mosaic image from more than 3000 individual CCD frames, which he took from remote, dark sites in South Africa, Texas and Michigan. The result is a panoramic image of our home galaxy that no stargazer could ever see from a single spot on Earth. It shows stars 1000 times fainter than those visible to the unaided human eye.
For more information, visit Dr. Mellinger's Milky Way home page at http://home.arcor-online.de/axel.mellinger/.
Or go directly to a zoomable version of the panorama: http://galaxy.phy.cmich.edu/~axel/mwpan2/krpano/.
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