NASA has released an astonishingly detailed image of our neighboring galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy. Here’s more about it.
NASA released the incredibly detailed image of the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy on June 7. In the image released on all of NASA’s social media platforms, the galaxy was surrounded by stars and cosmic dust, creating an incredible image.
The astonishing image was captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). NASA captioned the photo on social media platforms as: “Our neighbor in space, the immense Andromeda galaxy, is captured in this image taken by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). Located about 2.5 million light-years from our sun, Andromeda is the largest galaxy closest to our Milky Way galaxy.”
“This galactic mosaic is a four-color composite that uses all of WISE’s infrared detectors, with blue representing far ultraviolet light, green mid-ultraviolet light, and red near-ultraviolet light. The backbones of the galaxy’s mature stars are visible in blue, while the yellow and red rings show dust being heated by newborn, massive stars,” the space agency added.
NASA’s WISE telescope was able to capture this image in incredible detail because the Andromeda galaxy is located just 2.5 million light-years from Earth. The WISE telescope and its cousin the Hubble telescope are capable of capturing images of galaxies billions of light-years away.
NASA says that both the Milky Way and Andromeda are part of the galaxies known as the “Local Group,” which astronomers say is a neighborhood in space made up of about 50 galaxies.
But if you want to visit the Andromeda Galaxy after seeing this incredible image, then you should definitely find a wormhole or a cryo device, as it will take almost 40 billion years to reach our neighboring galaxy. Although you may have seen the Milky Way somewhere.
Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn has said that the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie will be based on the Andromeda Galaxy. “The first part takes place in Andromeda,” he said.