On Sunday, US space agency NASA shared the “largest image ever” collected of the Andromeda galaxy by the Hubble Space Telescope. The photo was taken seven years ago and is the largest large photomontage ever taken of our galactic neighbor.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the image shows a 48,000 light-year stretch of the Andromeda galaxy with more than 100 million stars in view. The panorama is divided into three parts in the Instagram post, the last part showing a group of blue stars with countless stars scattered all over the image.
Take a look below:
This image is divided into three images. The first image shows a bright spot emerging from the lower left part of the Andromeda galaxy with streaks extending in all directions. The light in the upper quadrant of the image recedes to essentially black and bits of blue space with no number Countless stars. The second image has light dissipating with streaks of purple and blue giving way to the blackness of space.”
Since its sharing, the photo has left the admiration of netizens. It has collected over a million likes. One user wrote, “It’s so beautiful.” Another said: “It’s a phenomenon.” A third commented: “Absolutely unbelievable.”
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The space agency explained that since the Andromeda galaxy is located 2.5 million light-years away, one can identify thousands of star clusters. NASA said that our Milky Way and Andromeda are similar in size and shape.
It is worth noting that the photo was first released in 2015 and was re-shared yesterday. The image shows a 48,000-light-year extension of the galaxy “in visible natural light color,” according to the agency. advertiser. “Because the galaxy is only 2.5 million light years from Earth, it is a much larger target in the sky than the countless galaxies that Hubble routinely imaged billions of light years away,” NASA explained.
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