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Andromeda in Ultraviolet





In a break from its usual task of searching for distant cosmic explosions, NASA’s Swift satellite acquired the highest-resolution view of a neighboring spiral galaxy ever attained in the ultraviolet. The galaxy, known as M31 in the constellation Andromeda, is the largest and closest spiral galaxy to our own. This mosaic of M31 merges 330 individual images taken by Swift’s Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope. The image shows a region 200,000 light-years wide and 100,000 light-years high (100 arcminutes by 50 arcminutes).

Whoa.

Photo: NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler (GSFC) and Erin Grand (UMCP)
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5 Comments

  1. Posted November 11, 2010 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Whoa! That is so incredibly breathtaking.

  2. Posted November 15, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I din it so amazing. It really is like just soo cool how all of that is out there. IZt’s like ust so awesome. It’s like omg, I don’t know how to handle myself. It’s pretty awesome. It’s just pretty damn awesome if I say so myself. Like shit, man, how is it possible. Just think. Damn, it’s cool.

  3. Posted November 15, 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    That’s so neat! I love space! Those $700,000 flights to space… I want one.

  4. Tina Chin
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    This is absolutely mesmerizing. Do you think the people that live there are looking at pictures of our galaxy thinking “I wanna live there”?

  5. Elle
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    This happens to be my favorite color, so I think it’s especially beautiful haha.

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