Wide-field view of the Andromeda Galaxy

This ground-based image shows the full extent of the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or M 31. The Andromeda Galaxy appears very large in the sky — several times the size of the full Moon (although much fainter). Hubble is designed to make highly detailed observations of much smaller patches of sky: the space telescope’s observations of the Andromeda Galaxy show individual stars and clusters rather than the broad spiral structure visible here. Wide-field images like this one give a broad overview.

Credit:

NASAESA, R. van der Marel and T. Brown (STScI), and the Digitized Sky Survey. Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

About the Image

Id:opo1220k
Type:Observation
Release date:6 May 2014, 15:38
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Andromeda Galaxy, M 31, Messier 31
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Halo
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos


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