Andromeda Galaxy Up Close


This image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, is the largest and sharpest ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy.

The full image contains 1.5 billion pixels and would span more than 600 HD television screens.

Take a look at the close-up below, represented by the white rectangle shown in the inset:

andromeda galaxy sharpest view ever

I recommend to treat yourself to a full tour of the Hubble image via a zoom tool.

Astronomers estimate that the Andromeda galaxy contains about a trillion stars, at least twice the amount of our own Milky Way. Here’s a full view (low resolution) of our nearest galactic neighbor, 2.5 million light years from Earth.