Wow! This stunning image of the Sweet Trail took 12 years to create

The whole Milky way, as seen by JP Metsavainio. (Image credit: JP Metsavainio)

Finnish astronaut JP Metsavainio spent 1,250 hours over about 12 years creating a single image that exemplifies the exquisite beauty of the entire Milky Way galaxy.

Back in 2009, Metsavainio started this project, which is a 100,000-pixel mosaic of the Honeycomb Trail made up of 234 individual images all stitched together. The resulting image captures the entire galaxy, with approximately 20 million 200 billion Milky Way stars.