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22/10/2015 06:17 BST | Updated 22/10/2015 06:59 BST

This 46 BILLION Pixel Image Of The Milky Way Is The Largest Astronomical Image Ever Created

Astronomers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have created a 46 billion pixel image of the Milky Way. The astonishing image is not only the most comprehensive view of our galaxy to date, but it's the largest astronomical image ever created.

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Anyone can explore the image above using an interactive tool.

The 194GB image took five years to make and is comprised of over 260 sections which were all shot using the Bochum's university observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

To be able to stitch every image together the finished image took weeks of calculations in order to remove and identify any variables between each image.

Click HERE to explore the image.

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