Picture of the Day: A Panoramic View of the Milky Way

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Captured by photograph Nick Risinger, this massive panoramic shot of the Milky Way Galaxy stretched across the night sky was stitched together from over 37,000 images, nearly 5 gigapixels in size at full resolution. This shot was the result of a year long effort and 60,000 travel miles in search of still dark skies in the American west and the western Cape of South Africa. The well-planned project combined many exposures from the dark sites, intended to produce an inspiring view of the night to rival the brightness of day.

Image: Nick Risinger /Photopic Sky Survey

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Jared Keller is a former associate editor for The Atlantic and The Atlantic Wire and has also written for Lapham's Quarterly's Deja Vu blog, National Journal's The Hotline, Boston's Weekly Dig, and Preservation magazine. 

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