On the 5th of January the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope released a ground-breaking image of the Andromeda Galaxy. It is the biggest and highest resolution image ever taken of Andromeda. That’s a big deal because it is the closest spiral galaxy to our own, the Milky Way.
The image is 69,536 x 22,230 pixels, a total of 1.5 billion pixels requiring 4.3GB of disk space!
Each dot of light in the image represents one of the Andromeda’s one trillion stars spanning over 40,000 light years.
Though that barely scratches the surface of what I’m sure will one day be an even larger picture – Andromeda is only one of the 200 billion galaxies (that we know about!) in the universe.
Wow. Just wow. Makes you feel kind of small, doesn’t it?