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Have You Seen the Largest Picture Ever Taken?

On January 5 NASA captured a1.5 billion pixel image (69,536 x 22,230) that requires more than 4 GB of disk space. Its is an image of the Andromeda Galaxy and it was captured using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. One image contains 100 million stars and takes you to more than 40,000 light years.

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Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com
  • Raoul Berret Jr

    Simply amazing! Reminds me of the night I walked a desolate volcanic region of Ethiopia, and looked up to watch glimpses of the greatest show on Earth! Our own Universe…

  • Kerri Orttel

    Just outstanding and breathless. The very unknown will probably never be understood or even seen.

  • Matt McGuinness

    wow! Just amazing. What is the music that accompanies this image. Haunting and beautiful.

  • Zack Dawley

    Where can I download a copy?

  • Rafael geraldino

    The best way to see all is to look inside us .,the Man Have the all universe inside….

  • Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong

    We view and wonder, yet knowing it is all very really we want to go.

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