Sharpest ever view of the Andromeda Galaxy

This image, captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy — otherwise known as M31.

This is a cropped version of the full image and has 1.5 billion pixels. You would need more than 600 HD television screens to display the whole image.

It is the biggest Hubble image ever released and shows over 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters embedded in a section of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disc stretching across over 40 000 light-years.

This image is too large to be easily displayed at full resolution and is best appreciated using the zoom tool.

Credit:

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.

About the Image

Id:heic1502a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 January 2015, 23:15
Related releases:heic1502
Size:69536 x 22230 px

About the Object

Name:Andromeda Galaxy, M 31, Messier 31
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:2 million light years
Constellation:Andromeda
Category:Galaxies

Image Formats

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2048x1536
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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 44 36.99
Position (Dec):41° 35' 33.81"
Field of view:57.98 x 18.54 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 123.5° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
b
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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