Largest High Definition Picture Ever Taken of our Galactic Next Door Neighbor:...

Largest High Definition Picture Ever Taken of our Galactic Next Door Neighbor: NASA

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NASA has released, the astonishing bird’s-eye view of our Galactic Next Door Neighbor, Andromeda Galaxy (M31), which is the sharpest image ever taken of the Galaxy.

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Image credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and L.C. Johnson (University of Washington), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler

As NASA describes:

“Even though, the Galaxy is over 2 Million Light Years away, the Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disk. It’s like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. And there are lots of stars in this sweeping view – over 100 million, with some of them in thousands of star clusters seen embedded in the disk.

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.”



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