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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gigapixels of Andromeda [4K]

Never mind megapixels! Check out these gigapixels of amazing images the NASA Hubble Space Telescope has ever assembled of our galactic next-door neighbour - Andromeda! This vid has received almost 6M views since being uploaded on Jan. 6, 2015...

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.
 

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