Survey By: Nick Risinger: Here’s the actual complete interactive version and it will blow your mind. Give it a shot, zoom in, move around the galaxy and explore!

This is without question the most spectacular interactive view of the Milky Way Galaxy you have seen to date. Created in 2010 by Nick Risinger, after starting this project he soon quit his job as a Seattle marketing director. He utilized 6 synchronized cameras, traveled over 60,000 miles to high latitude locations in the western United States and Africa to take almost 40,000 photos of the Milky Way Galaxy. He then took 37,440 of them and stitched them all together to create this 5000 megapixel photo which includes upwards of 30 million stars.

Like I stated above though; the photo is great in and of itself but if you want to take pause in the majesty of our home galaxy hit the link for the 360 degree panorama and immerse yourself in that for a while. Other surveys have been done but for scientific purposes and they were shot in red & blue to measure star temperatures. This survey was shot the same way but green was also included which adds depth and richness to the over all photo.

The series took a year to create as he had to divide the night sky into 624 uniform segments, input them into the computer diligently begin shooting. Much care had to be taken to ensure very clear, steady nights with no Moon. He soon realized that he was quite possibly in over his head so he recruited his retired father to help. Together they spent entire days driving and entire nights shooting.

Let’s take a quick walk through shall we? To start, the plane of the galaxy is clear as day, its massive central bulge and vast dust lanes show in HD. Now lets move over to the top left of the photo. There you can see the asterism of the Big Dipper. Travel down to the bottom left, just below the galactic plane and you see the red supergiant Aldebaran (The Bulls Eye) and to the right of that, the Pleiades which encompass Taurus the Bull. Move a little further up and right but still below the plane of the galaxy and you will find our nearest neighbor, M31 the Andromeda Galaxy. Continue moving right, all the way past center and you find the two white patches of our closest satellite galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Finally (So I don’t type all day), again below the plane of the galaxy you will find the red half-circle of Barnard’s Loop. Better known as the constellation of Orion…….

Photopic Sky Survey 360 Degree Interactive:

Nick’s BLOG and personal account of this project:

Sky Guide App from his company “Fifth Star Labs” (Was created with the images in the survey):

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