Video Zoom-In on the Largest Image Ever Taken of Andromeda Galaxy

This month, NASA released the largest image ever taken of the Milky Way’s nearest neighbor—Andromeda Galaxy. The 4.3 GB image, taken by the Hubble Telescope, is 1.5 billion pixels large (69,536 x 22,230) and is made up of 411 separate images.

This video shows you the whole image and then zooms in so you can get a feel for the unthinkable number of stars. It takes you through 100 million stars (less than 1/1,000th of all the stars in Andromeda) and travels over more than 40,000 light years.

By the way: here’s how Andromeda would look in our night sky, if it were brighter.

  • Amazing, and to think that each one of those stars contain multiple planets! Also, are those bright “spots” supernovas?

    • Jason

      Hm, not sure about the bright spots. Maybe they’re Milky Way stars that are in the line of vision between the camera and Andromeda?

      • Johnception 1

        I doubt it, the disparity in distance would make an intragalactic star’s visual angle comparable to the galaxy’s itself.

  • Sam


  • Johnception 1

    Never, in all my years, have I experienced such a high resolution version of that-game-where-you-connect-the-dots-on-the-ceiling.

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