The Great Easter Egg Hunt: The Void's Incredible Richness


Sat, Apr 15th, 2006 15:12 by capnasty NEWS

What we thought was a region of empty space is actually filled with millions of stars too feeble for the human eye to see.

An image made of about 300 million pixels is being released by ESO, based on more than 64 hours of observations with the Wide-Field Camera on the 2.2m telescope at La Silla (Chile). The image covers an 'empty' region of the sky five times the size of the full moon, opening an exceptionally clear view towards the most distant part of our universe. It reveals objects that are 100 million times fainter than what the unaided eye can see.



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