January 06, 2010, 2:28PMconstellation Carina near the Milky Way was taken shortly after NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, ejected its cover, according to NASA.The "first-light" picture shows thousands of stars and covers an area three times the size of the moon. WISE will take more than a million similar pictures covering the whole sky. . .
That NASA calls this a "snapshot" is an understatement. Reread the size described: "three times the size of the moon."
The ability to do this sort of thing still amazes me and contributes to my remaining an incurable "space junkie."