New 83-megapixel photo of our sun is one of five amazing Hi-Rez space images you must see and download

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a groundbreaking new 83-megapixel photo of the Sun taken midway between Earth and the Sun on March 7, 2022 by the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft.

It’s a beautiful image that, if you zoom in, shows the filaments and reflections of our star in stunning detail. Wow!

There are great photos coming in from space all the time – including just a few days ago from NASA’s Juno spacecraft in Jupiter – but there are some more that you just obtained to have.

Until the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Vera Rubin Observatory’s 3.2 gigapixel camera (the largest digital camera ever) come online later this year, here’s our pick of the best high resolution space images of the moment – and where you can download them for free:

1. VISTA 9 Gigapixel Mosaic of the Central Milky Way (2012)

You thought the image of the Sun was ultra hi-rez? This image of the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way, measures 108,200 x 81,500 pixels and contains almost nine billion pixels. It was taken by the VISTA (Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy) wide-field telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, which has a 4.1-meter mirror. The image is a combination of thousands of images taken through three infrared filters.

You can download it in full resolution or zoom it online.

2. Hubble 650 Megapixel Legacy Field (2019)

Ready to go back in time ? The Hubble Space Telescope has taken incredible deep sky images over the years, many of which have been used to piece together this mosaic of the distant universe which contains 265,000 galaxies that date back 13.3 billion years. It’s a combination of nearly 7,500 separate Hubble exposures over 16 years.

You can download it in full resolution or zoom it online.

3. Green Bank Telescope1.4 gigapixel radar image of Tycho crater on the Moon (2021)

Last year, the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia released this extraordinary close-up of one of the Moon’s most obvious craters. You can see it with your own eyes on the south polar zone of the Moon, with this incredibly detailed image covering an area of ​​200 x 175 kilometers. This is actually a radar image obtained using the GBT and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) antennas in Socorro, New Mexico.

You can download it in full resolution.

4. 800 Megapixel Milky Way Panorama from VISTA (2009)

Here’s another stunning image from VISTA, this time encompassing the night sky as seen from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Published in 2000 as the ninth under the project, it shows the galactic plane, with the galactic core glowing in the center of the image.

You can download an 18 megapixel version.

5. Hubble’s 1.6 gigapixel mosaic of the Andromeda Galaxy (2015)

The most distant object you can see with the naked eye at around 2.5 million light-years away, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) is our sister galaxy and contains around a trillion stars. You can see it with binoculars (and even with the naked eye if you’re in a really dark place) between September and March, but also in this image, the largest and sharpest ever taken of the Andromeda Galaxy , by the Hubble Space Telescope. It shows only a small part of the disk, which nevertheless contains more than 100 million stars spanning more than 40,000 light years.

You can download it in full resolution or zoom it online.

I wish you clear skies and big eyes.

Jack C. Nugent