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Incredibly detailed image of Andromeda Galaxy (Hubble telescope)


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A slice of the Andromeda galaxy, 2.5 million light-years away. The photo has 1.5 billion pixels and the resolution is 1,000 times better than high definition. There are over 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters in this image.

 

http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1502a/

 

 

Use the Zoom tool here to get closer views. An amazing sight.

 

http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1502a/zoomable/

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So cool.

 

Just wait until the Webb telescope is launched in 2018.  Bigger mirror, higher resolution, should be amazing.  

 

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/webb_hubble/

 

There's also the Thirty Meter Telescope, under construction, which will have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble.

 

http://www.space.com/27374-giant-telescope-construction-hawaii-protests.html

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Right, but the Webb will only see in the infrared range. The 30-meter one will be on the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, almost 14,000 ft above sea level, and observe the skies in visible light. But like you I'm excited about the Webb and what it will be able to do.

 

We're entering a new phase in observational astronomy. It's going to be very exciting.

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This space shuttle comes complete with three astronauts! How did they fit those guys into that little box??

 

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I wanted to major in Astronomy in college until I found out how much math is involved. No, thanks.

 

Astronomers spend very little time, if any, looking through telescopes.

 

I took an astronomy course at the University of Florida as a science elective. One of the most fun courses I ever took. At the time, a lot of astronomers' time was spent looking at endless printouts of binary code, which didn't appeal to me at all. I never went any further with it.

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