Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda
Really big lens lets astro-paps get nice new snaps
New, nifty pictures have been released by astro-boffins which reveal further glories of "the elegant spiral galaxy Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty".
Without further ado:
That's a proper long-distance princess snap
A bit blurry maybe, but this kind of pic often is
We're indebted for the heads-up on these pics to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, whose boffins offer full technical explanation on the snappery and links to fullsize jpegs and even tiffs, god help us, here. ®
Geek porn of the highest order.
Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty
1) Andromeda is the daughter of Cephus and Cassiopeia, who are Ethiopian, not Greek.
2) Andromeda is "known for her beauty" because of her mother's hubris in declaring she was more beautiful than the Nereids, and was punished by Poseidon.
BoJo was right, a classical education does eventually come in handy.
Re: Amazing to think ...
"that each pixel in the picture is a sun!"
M31 contains some 1,000,000,000,000 stars. You would need terapixel images to make the above be true.
The universe never ceases to amaze.