Hubble Captures the Sharpest-Ever View of the Andromeda Galaxy

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 - 5:22PM
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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 - 5:22PM
Hubble Captures the Sharpest-Ever View of the Andromeda Galaxy
NASA/ESA's Hubble telescope has just gotten the best look yet at the nearby Andromeda galaxy. Below is a cropped version of the image, which still has 1.5 billion pixels. This resolution is groundbreaking; according to Hubble's website, it would take more than 600 high-definition TV screens in order to view the image in its entirety.

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Andromeda

Andromeda, whose official name is M31, is a spiral galaxy that spans 220,000 light years across (44,000 light years are represented in the picture). It is also 2.5 million light-years from Earth, which might sound pretty distant, but it's still the closest galaxy to our Milky Way. The galaxy as a whole contains about a trillion stars, at least twice the number of the Milky Way, while the above picture from Hubble contains over 100 million stars.
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