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Most detailed view yet of M33 captured in Hubble mosaic

7 Jan 2019, 18:45 UTC
Most detailed view yet of M33 captured in Hubble mosaic
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This mosaic of M33, a galaxy in the Milky Way’s Local Group, is made up of 54 Hubble Space Telescope fields of view spanning an area more than 19,000 light-years across. Nearly 25 million stars are resolved. Click the image for a higher-resolution view. Image: NASA, ESA, and J. Dalcanton (University of Washington)
This new image of the Triangulum Galaxy — also known as Messier 33 or NGC 598 — has a staggering 665 million pixels and showcases the central region of the galaxy and its inner spiral arms. To stitch together this gigantic mosaic, Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys needed to create 54 separate images.
Under excellent dark-sky conditions, the Triangulum Galaxy can be seen with the naked eye as a faint, blurry object in the constellation of Triangulum (the Triangle), where its ethereal glow is an exciting target for amateur astronomers.
At only three million light-years from Earth, the Triangulum Galaxy is a notable member of the Local Group — it is the group’s third-largest galaxy, but also the smallest spiral galaxy in the group [1]. It measures only about 60 000 light-years across, compared to the 200 000 light-years of the Andromeda Galaxy; the Milky Way lies ...

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