Photographer takes 12 yrs, 1,250 hrs of photography to create Milky Way pic
J-P Metsävainio

Photographer takes 12 yrs, 1,250 hrs of photography to create Milky Way pic

Metsavanio conducts his photography from his own observatory in Finland

Finnish astrophotographer, JP Metsavainio, took on the daunting task of creating a mosaic of the Milky Way back in 2009. It took him twelve years to get the whole picture which is around 100,000 pixels wide and has 234 individual mosaic panels stitched together.

Not only did he manage to capture the entire galaxy but also 20 million stars within the Milky Way. You can check out the entire picture in its full resolution here.

"The reason for a long time period is naturally the size of the mosaic and the fact that the image is very deep. Another reason is that I have shot most of the mosaic frames as individual compositions and published them as independent artworks.," Metsavainio wrote on his blog.

Photographer takes 12 yrs, 1,250 hrs of photography to create Milky Way pic
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While Metsavainio is an astrophotographer by profession, this project was a pet project. All of the mosaic work was done on Photoshop. “I think this is the first image ever showing the Milky Way in this resolution and depth at all three color channels,” he told PetaPixel.

This is the part of the sky that Metsavainio capture in his mosaic
This is the part of the sky that Metsavainio capture in his mosaic

Metsavanio conducts his photography from his own observatory in Finland

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