Say Cheese! Andromeda looks stunning in new picture from the Hubble


The Hubble Telescope is at it again- this time- it is a super high resolution image of the Andromeda Galaxy- available to see here.

It does beg the question ‘just how big is the universe?’. Well it is very hard to imagine, but if you look at this, then it does put our galaxys’ size into perspective…  one galaxy out of the billions that we know about. Take that into account when you’re looking at this image.

“This image, captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy — otherwise known as M31.

This is a cropped version of the full image and has 1.5 billion pixels. You would need more than 600 HD television screens to display the whole image.

It is the biggest Hubble image ever released and shows over 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters embedded in a section of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disc stretching across over 40 000 light-years.

This image is too large to be easily displayed at full resolution and is best appreciated using the zoom tool.


NASAESA, J. Dalcanton (University of Washington, USA), B. F. Williams (University of Washington, USA), L. C. Johnson (University of Washington, USA), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler.”


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