AN incredible new image of a nearby galaxy has been snapped by Nasa and the European Space Agency (Esa).
Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, the picture reveals Triangulum, a 40billion star galaxy and one of the most distant objects that can be seen from Earth.
The nearby Triangulum galaxy is packed with 40billion stars[/caption]
Nasa said the photo is the most detailed image yet of the neighbouring object, which sits three million light years from the Milky Way.
Under a dark night sky, the galaxy appears as a faint, blurry dot in the constellation Triangulum and can be spotted with the naked eye.
It’s a frequent target of amateur astronomers, and now scientists have scanned it with one of the most powerful telescopes ever built.
The Hubble Telescope’s view was stitched together using 54 images to show the central part of the galaxy and some of its central arms.
Millions of stars, hundreds of star clusters and bright nebulae are also visible.
Each photo was taken with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, which space agencies use to scan large areas of the sky.
In total, the picture is made up of a whopping 665million pixels.
Esa said that to view it properly, it’s best to use Hubble’s zoom tool, which can be found here.
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At only three million light-years from Earth, the Triangulum Galaxy is a notable member of the Local Group – the galaxy group that includes the Milky Way.
It measures only about 60,000 light-years across, compared to the 200,000 light-years of the Milky Way’s closest neighbour, Andromeda.
The Milky Way itself lies between these extremes at about 100,000 light-years across.
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