Last Monday, a new view of the “Pillars of Creation” from Eagle Nebula was showcased for the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical society, and with time the researchers have revealed even a better sight from a bird’s eye view. The NASA researchers are displaying a large Hubble image that has ever been assembled in a wide angle view of the Andromeda galaxy next door. They have published newer images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
The galaxy is in total 2 million light years away from earth and the recent achievement by NASA is believed to be their biggest accomplishment since the Hubble was sent into space in the year 1990. According to Paul Scowen, “It allows us to demonstrate how far Hubble has come in 25 years of observation. It really is quite remarkable.”
Hubble is basically one of the best imaging technologies that has ever been created by NASA. It can resolve each and every star in the Andromeda galaxy’s 61,000 light year stretch. With Hubble, it is as easy to capture galaxies as clicking pictures on the beach. It is also enabling the NASA researchers to work on more views for the pictures.
The spokesman for the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, Ray Villard stated,
“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.”
A panoramic image was taken through an Advanced camera for surveys which is actually a product of the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury program. This picture covered the wild field camera angle through the Hubble telescope and it filtered all the dust and debris that could obstruct the view of the galaxy.
It is actually one of the biggest achievements of NASA so far and they are rejoicing in the moment. A Reddit user floatyverve has transformed the large panoramic picture of the Andromeda galaxy into a video fly-through set to dramatic music. Watch it here: