The new hallucinatory image of the Hubble Space Telescope of the Triangular Galaxy is almost as gigantic as the galaxy itself.
The Triangulum, also called Messier 33, can be seen by lucky observers without the help of a telescope, but it looks like a blur. Hubble's vivid vision, shared on Monday, combines 54 images in an image showing the central part of the galaxy and some of its spiral arms.
You can check out the full-size 1.6GB image via the Hubble site of the European Space Agency. Hubble is a joint project of NASA and ESA.
NASA says the image shows "a totally spiral face shining with the light of nearly 25 million individually solved stars." We'll take the space agency's word for it. "My first impression of seeing the Hubble images was, wow, that there really is a lot of star formation," said astronomer and project leader Julianne Dalcanton.
Triangulum is the third largest galaxy of what is known as the Local Group of Galaxies, which includes larger neighbors, Andromeda and our own Milky Way.
ESA says the image of Triangulum is the second largest ever launched by Hubble and will help astronomers better understand how stars form and evolve.
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