Sitting at home on your couch, and feeling like you’re traveling in the deepest of the outer space. This would be the feeling, describing Nasa’s new images, as the agency is yet again surprising us with its sophisticated technology. The Hubble Space Telescope procured the most astonishing and realistic panoramic view of the Andromeda galaxy, NASA has ever been able to obtain.
A technology as powerful as Hubble Space Telescope cannot be deceived by anything, not even by the 2 million light years away, that are separating Earth from the Andromeda Galaxy, our planet’s nearest neighbor.
The telescope captured images with a resolution of 1.5 billion pixels, of the spiral shaped galaxy, the images showing an area of Andromeda long of 61,000 light years. More than 100 stars are visible in the pictures taken by Hubble, and some of them can be viewed grouped in clusters of tens of thousands.
Such astonishing photographs is another move forward of space exploration and spiral galaxies, which are believed to be over 100 billion.
It is the first time, astronomers had the opportunity to study so up close stars in spiral galaxies, at such a clear resolution, related NASA scientists.
The Andromeda galaxy, image taken by Hubble Telescope will definitely by remembered as the very first time, humans had such a close look at the magnificent star cities out there.
The creation of this image was possible, with the help of another feature of the telescope. The Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury program took use of 7,398 images across 411 individual pointers. The Wide Field 3 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys made possible capturing at near ultraviolet and near infrared wavelength, images of the galaxy.
There is also a cropped version of Andromeda, which shows an area long of 48,000 light years of the galaxy, in its raw, natural colors. The image was obtained with the use of blue and red filters of Hubble’s advanced camera.
Hubble managed to create the ultra high definition picture of a part of Andromeda, by stitching all the images together to create an entire panoramic view. The image has such a great size, that for it to be seen entirely it would be necessary to put together the monitors of 600 HD televisions.
On the 5th of January NASA will be releasing the full image of the Andromeda Galaxy.
Image Source: NASA
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