62 million light years away...more otherworldly delights
Lightning Ridge Opal Specimen by Wood's Stoneworks and Photo Factory, via Flickr
Jamie Hyneman wins.
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.