Yet again the foolish humans small optics think they have reached all new lengths…
A mere-2million light years away the Andromeda Galaxy Earths most closest neighbor. Andromeda spans about 61,000 light years. The galaxy within this system there is roughly about 100 million stars.
If your curious to see how large these pictures are:
Here is the link to the “largest” images stitched together. LARGE IMAGES
If your hard-drives and memory is to low to handle there is also some smaller sizes that can even be printed.. SMALL IMAGES
The images created are from 7,398 exposures taken over 411 individual pointings.
Hubble’s High-Definition Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy
The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping bird’s-eye view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disk. It’s like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. And there are lots of stars in this sweeping view — over 100 million, with some of them in thousands of star clusters seen embedded in the disk.
This ambitious photographic cartography of the Andromeda galaxy represents a new benchmark for precision studies of large spiral galaxies that dominate the universe’s population of over 100 billion galaxies. Never before have astronomers been able to see individual stars inside an external spiral galaxy over such a large contiguous area. Most of the stars in the universe live inside such majestic star cities, and this is the first data that reveal populations of stars in context to their home galaxy.
The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore conducts Hubble science operations. STScI is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., in Washington.