A Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy: the Largest Image Ever Taken By the Hubble Telescope [PHOTO]
After revealing new high-definition images of the “Pillars of Creation,” NASA has released a high-definition panoramic view of our neighboring galaxy, Andromeda. What makes this image so special? It’s the largest image ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
To give you a sense of just how huge this photos is, consider this: it stretches 61,000 light-years from one side to the other. For the sake of perspective, Mars is only light-minutes away from Earth. That’s how powerful the Hubble Telescope is.
The image captured is a high-definition composite panorama. The Andromeda galaxy is more than two million light-years away.
In announcing the image on its website, NASA wrote:
The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping bird’s-eye view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor…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.