Milky Way Pics of the Day: These two images are portions of a ginormous new photo showing the central area of the Milky Way galaxy, released by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.
The photo shows 84 million stars in an image measuring 108,500×81,500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels, and is actually a composite of thousands of individual photographs shot with the observatory’s VISTA survey telescope.
Don’t miss the zoomable version.
Caterpillar Birthday Party of the Day: Tumblr user Nest of Vellum was all ready to add this caterpillar to a friend’s insect collection — and to celebrate, they decided to throw it a final birthday party.
But the pics were so charming, they had no choice but to let it live.