An image released earlier this month by NASA is the largest and sharpest picture ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy, according to the space agency.
“It is the biggest Hubble image ever released and shows over 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters embedded in a section of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disc stretching across over 40,000 light-years,” NASA said in a statement.
In fact, the image is so large that it is 4.3 gigabytes in size and contains 1.5 billion pixels.
According to NASA, to display the entire picture, one would need about 600 HD television screens.
A YouTube video zooming in and panning around on areas of the image went viral this week, amassing more than 5 million views on YouTube by the time of publication.
NASA also released a zoom tool allowing individuals to examine the image in great detail.
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