“Space: the final frontier.”

Just about the only injustice in this world, that I can complain about having personally affected me, is that odds are way on that I’ll never get off this rock alive. Just before I die, I want to be flash-frozen, put in a rocket named the Noonien Singh, aimed at the second star to the right, and let loose. So that one-day, like that old space mariner Jago Jalo, I might wake-up somewhere else.

Gigapixels of Andromeda

Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU

Andromeda Galaxy

Andromeda Galaxy

Original Source: “Sharpest Ever View of the Andromeda Galaxy

Sharpest Ever View of the Andromeda Galaxy

This image, captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy — otherwise known as M31.

This is a cropped version of the full image and has 1.5 billion pixels. You would need more than 600 HD television screens to display the whole image.

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.

This image is too large to be easily displayed at full resolution and is best appreciated using the zoom tool.

Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton (University of Washington, USA), B. F. Williams (University of Washington, USA), L. C. Johnson (University of Washington, USA), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler.