October 10, 2015 Environmental Conservation Written by Greentumble

When you look into the sky on a clear night, you can observe few thousand stars, but that view doesn’t even scratch the surface of the vastness of space. To get a good feeling of how big space is you’ll definitely need a bigger picture.

NASA has made public the biggest and sharpest photograph ever produced of the Andromeda Galaxy, the closest spiral galaxy to ours, about 2.5 million light-years from Earth, which has approximately 1 trillion stars.

Captured by the amazing Hubble telescope, the picture shows more than 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters.

This how the 4.3 gigabyte picture looks like in a fly-through video:

The full picture is available to download here: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1502a/


NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton (University of Washington, USA), B. F. Williams (University of Washington, USA), L. C. Johnson (University of Washington, USA), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler.