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A 16 million pixel camera takes some of the sharpest galaxy pictures you've ever seen

Illustration for article titled A 16 million pixel camera takes some of the sharpest galaxy pictures youve ever seen

The Lowell Observatory's newest toy, the Discovery Channel Telescope, has finally gone online — and they've released super-snazzy pictures of three of our favorite galaxies to celebrate. Above is M109, a barred spiral galaxy 84 million light years from Earth.

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The 16-million-pixel camera is already taking some pretty sweet images — but it'll be even better when they add the impressive-sounding Large Monolithic Imager (LMI) from the National Science Foundation, which will add a 36-million-pixel capability.

Here are the other two great galaxy pictures, showing the Sombrero Galaxy and the Whirlpool Galaxy respectively:

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Illustration for article titled A 16 million pixel camera takes some of the sharpest galaxy pictures youve ever seen
Illustration for article titled A 16 million pixel camera takes some of the sharpest galaxy pictures youve ever seen

[Discovery News, via MSNBC]

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prufrocker
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I'm always surprised by the relative brightness of galactic centers, including renderings of the Milky Way. From a tilted or "head-on" view, they seem bright enough to create constant daylight, even for planets on the rim. It's amazing how disruptive a little dust can be. :)