Hubble’s mind-blowing high-def view of the Andromeda Galaxy shows over 100 million stars

Hubble's high-def view of the Andromeda Galaxy shows over 100 million stars

File this one under ‘M’ for ‘Mindblowing.’

NASA has assembled the largest ever Hubble Space Telescope image showing a portion of the Andromeda galaxy – and it is truly astonishing.

Hubble's high-def view of the Andromeda Galaxy shows over 100 million stars

Click here to see the full size image and  try to get your head around the fact that everyone one of those tiny dots is a sun. Humbling and mind-boggling.

Here’s how NASA describes it:

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 neighbour.

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.

NASA

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