NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken And It Will Shake Up Your Universe

NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken And It Will Shake Up Your Universe

NASA Hubble Space Telescope: High-Definition Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy

Have you seen the largest picture ever taken? For the record, it’s a mammoth 1.5 billion pixel image (69,536 x 22,230) and requires about 4.3 GB disk space.

Oh, and it’ll take your breath away.

On January 5, NASA released an image of the Andromeda galaxy, our closest galactic neighbor, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The full image is made up of 411 Hubble images, takes you through a 100 million stars and travels over more than 40,000 light years. Well, a section of it anyway.

Prepare to feel extremely tiny and insignificant as you marvel at this fly-through video created by YouTuber daveachuk and make sure you stick around till the end. Seriously.

Well done, NASA. Our mind has been blown.

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.

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.

This ambitious photographic cartography of the Andromeda galaxy represents a new benchmark for precision studies of large spiral galaxies that dominate the universe’s population of over 100 billion galaxies. Never before have astronomers been able to see individual stars inside an external spiral galaxy over such a large contiguous area. Most of the stars in the universe live inside such majestic star cities, and this is the first data that reveal populations of stars in context to their home galaxy.

See also: This Is The Fastest Star Ever Seen In Our Galaxy

Hubble traces densely packed stars extending from the innermost hub of the galaxy seen at the left. Moving out from this central galactic bulge, the panorama sweeps from the galaxy’s central bulge across lanes of stars and dust to the sparser outer disk. Large groups of young blue stars indicate the locations of star clusters and star-forming regions. The stars bunch up in the blue ring-like feature toward the right side of the image. The dark silhouettes trace out complex dust structures. Underlying the entire galaxy is a smooth distribution of cooler red stars that trace Andromeda’s evolution over billions of years.

Because the galaxy is only 2.5 million light-years from Earth, it is a much bigger target in the sky than the myriad galaxies Hubble routinely photographs that are billions of light-years away. This means that the Hubble survey is assembled together into a mosaic image using 7,398 exposures taken over 411 individual pointings.

The panorama is the product of the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) program. Images were obtained from viewing the galaxy in near-ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared wavelengths, using the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Camera 3 aboard Hubble. This cropped view shows a 48,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy in its natural visible-light color, as photographed with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys in red and blue filters.

The panorama is being presented at the 225th Meeting of the Astronomical Society in Seattle, Washington.
NASA is exploring our solar system and beyond to understand the universe and our place in it. We seek to unravel the secrets of our universe, its origins and evolution, and search for life among the stars. Today’s announcement shares the discovery of our ever-changing cosmos, and brings us closer to learning whether we are alone in the universe.

See also: Parallel Worlds Exist And Will Soon Be Testable, Expert Says

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore conducts Hubble science operations. STScI is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., in Washington.

Sourcenasa

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

Cars Made Out Of & Powered By Hemp Are The Future

Automobile manufacturer Renew has built cars made from carbon-negative hemp material, with the ability to run on hemp ethanol if it ever were to...

1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth

A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to...

Stanford Researchers Discover Genetic Transistors That Turn Cells Into Computers

Bioengineers at Stanford University have created the first biological transistor made from genetic materials: DNA and RNA. Dubbed the “transcriptor,” this biological transistor is...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Russia & China Declare All Out War on US Petrodollar — Prepare for Exclusive Trade in Gold

The formation of a BRICS gold marketplace, which could bypass the U.S. Petrodollar in bilateral trade, continues to take shape as Russia’s largest bank,...

Vancouver park board votes to ban whales and dolphins at aquarium

Unanimous decision united politicians across party lines voting for 'public will' Victory! On March 9, 2017, the Vancouver park board voted that dolphins, beluga whales, and...

Cars Made Out Of & Powered By Hemp Are The Future

Automobile manufacturer Renew has built cars made from carbon-negative hemp material, with the ability to run on hemp ethanol if it ever were to...

Europe Wants To Send Humans To The Dark Side Of The Moon

Should we return to the Moon? While Elon Musk, Mars One, and even NASA have their sights set on the Red planet, many think that...

Is It Possible to Travel Through a Wormhole in the Blink of an Eye?

People have been trying to cut down on their transit time to go from one place to another to the least possible since the...

The Smartflower Solar Panel – the world’s first all-in-one solar system

Smartflower: Simply smart. Simply efficient. For twice the degree of self-utilisation The stylish Smartflower Solar Panel uses two-axis tracking to follow the sun during the...

US Prepares Charges to Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

The U.S. Justice Department is considering filing criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to multiple reports Thursday. CNN reported that U.S. officials have...

Fukushima basements flooded with radioactive water

No room for error? Fukushima basements mistakenly flooded with 200 tons of radioactive water A pump at Japan’s battered Fukushima power plant has mistakenly flooded...

7 Ways Our Children Are Being Brainwashed

There are a number of ways children can be brainwashed. From birth, virtually all of us have been brainwashed through various outlets that encourage...

Similarities Between Big Tobacco and Big Pharma

The Top 5 Similarities and Practices Between Big Tobacco and Big Pharma Tobacco companies and pharmaceutical companies share so many commonalities and industry practices, that...