(bbc.co.uk) Back in 2004 it all started with a bet. The huge image of Delft was created by stitching together 600 single snaps of the Dutch city taken at a fixed spot.
If printed out in standard 300 dots per inch resolution, the picture would be 2.5m high and 6m long.
The researchers have put the image on a website which lets viewers explore the wealth of detail that it captures. Tools on the page let viewers zoom in on the city and its surroundings in great detail.
The website is already proving popular and currently has more than 200,000 visitors every day.
It started as a lunchtime bet. The image was created by imaging experts from the Dutch research and technology laboratory TNO which created the 2.5 gigapixel photo as a summer time challenge.
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