Deep Dive into Astronomical Data Tapestry of the Milky Way

This image, which is brimming with stars and dark dust clouds, is a small extract — a mere pinprick — of the full Dark Energy Camera Plane Survey (DECaPS2) of the Milky Way. The new dataset contains a staggering 3.32 billion celestial objects — arguably the largest such catalog so far. The data for this unprecedented survey were taken with the US Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera at the NSF’s Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, a Program of NOIRLab.

Credit:

DECaPS2/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

Image processing: M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)

About the Image

Id:noirlab2301c
Type:Observation
Release date:Jan. 18, 2023, 2 p.m.
Related releases:noirlab2301
Size:3600 x 3600 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way
Constellation:Vela
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):9 26 31.40
Position (Dec):-48° 33' 54.36"
Field of view:251.40 x 251.33 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.5° right of vertical