August 8, 2022
NASA Shares Largest Image Ever of Andromeda Galaxy, Internet Calls It “Extraordinarily Beautiful”

NASA Shares Largest Image Ever of Andromeda Galaxy, Internet Calls It “Extraordinarily Beautiful”

The image shows a 48,000-light-year-long stretch of the Andromeda galaxy.

US space agency NASA on Sunday shared the “largest ever” image of the Andromeda galaxy captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. This photo was taken seven years ago and is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic neighbor.

The image shows a 48,000-light-year-long stretch of the Andromeda galaxy, with more than 100 million stars visible, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. The panoramic image is split into three parts in an Instagram post, with the final part showing a band of blue stars with countless stars scattered throughout the image.

Take a look below:

“This image is split into three images. The first image shows a bright spot emanating from the lower left part of the Andromeda galaxy with bands extending out in all directions. The light in the top quarter of the image is predominantly black and in bits of detail.” Decreases blue space with countless stars. In the second photo, light decays with bands of purple and blue giving way to the darkening of space,” NASA wrote in the caption.

Since being shared, the image has mesmerized internet users. It has got more than one lakh likes. One user wrote, ‘This is very beautiful. Another said, “This is unprecedented.” “Absolutely unbelievable,” commented the third.

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The space agency explained that since the Andromeda galaxy is 2.5 million light-years away, one can identify thousands of star clusters. NASA said that our galaxy and Andromeda are similar in size and shape.

Notably, the image was first released in 2015 and was re-shared yesterday. It reflects a 48,000-light-year-long segment of the Milky Way in its “natural visible-light color”, the agency had. Having said, NASA explained, “Since the Milky Way is only 2.5 million light-years from Earth, it is a much larger target in the sky than the myriad galaxies Hubble regularly has billions of light-years away.”

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