This is the Andromeda galaxy, our very own Milky Way’s next-door neighbor. It’s the best look we’ve ever managed to get at it—and there’s something very strange hidden in this picture.
Astronomers say this view of the Andromeda Galaxy is probably similar to what the Milky Way Galaxy would look like from outside.
You're looking at the biggest and sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda Galaxy. Though it only includes one third of the massive celestial object, the image contains a jaw-dropping 1.5 billion pixels.
When astronomers talk about blue stars, they're generally talking about hot, young stars known as blue supergiants. But the blue stars you can see in the image up top are stars just like their Sun... except they've mysteriously turned blue.
This awesome video, courtesy of the European Space Agency, takes us through the optical, ultraviolet, microwave, and infrared wavelengths to reveal our neighboring galaxy Andromeda in quite literally every possible light.
Amateur in comparison to the European Space Agency's millions, that is, not to you and I who don't have $15,000 to spend on home photography set-ups. But which of these space shots is the amateur—can you tell?
This is one of our closest galactic neighbors, the Andromeda Galaxy, seen in three different kinds of light: visible, infrared, and x-ray. These three very different views are then combined together to create one amazingly beautiful composite image.
Photographer Eric Africa obtained this image of the Garnet Star Nebula (IC 1396) by spending several nights in his "light-polluted backyard." Africa's images of IC 1396, the Rosette Nebula and M 31 are proof that an Earthbound photographer can score some amazing pics. His telescope, the Takahashi FSQ-106, is…