Hubble Space Telescope Captures Awesome View of Neighboring Galaxy

Sharpest View Ever of the Triangulum Galaxy

The Triangulum Galaxy, located three million light years away from the Milky Way, is one of the most distant objects visible to the naked eye.

Triangulum is perfectly positioned for astronomers to study and compare to both our own Milky Way galaxy and one of our other neighbors, Andromeda, as it faces directly towards us, showcasing its near-perfect distribution of stars along its well-defined spiral structure.

The massive mosaic image of the Triangulum galaxy (M33) was released on January 7 and shows one of dozens of our celestial neighbours in our suburb of the universe known as 'the Local Group'. Its diameter is only 60 thousand light years in comparison with 200 thousand the galaxy Andromeda or 100 thousand the milky Way.

The galaxy is a notable member of the Local Group of galaxies, an assembly of more than 50 galaxies bound together by gravity.

He received the 2019 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize "for his transformational work on the star-formation histories of dwarf galaxies in the Local Group, our galactic neighborhood".

Hubble, which is run by NASA and the European Space Agency, was used to take a panoramic survey of Triangulum in order to better understand how it formed. The extent of the new huge mosaic created with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is shown by the irregularly shaped region and the main image presented here by the rectangle within it. Image credit: NASA / ESA / Digitized Sky Survey 2 / Davide De Martin.

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Andromeda and the Milky Way also surpass the Triangulum Galaxy in terms of the number of stars they contain.

The Andromeda Galaxy was mapped by Hubble in 2015, creating the sharpest and largest image of this galaxy and the largest Hubble image ever.

In contrast to the two larger spirals, Triangulum doesn't have a bright bulge at its center and it also lacks a bar connecting its spiral arms to the center.

The abundance of gas clouds in the Triangulum Galaxy is precisely what drew astronomers to conduct this detailed survey.

These enormous stellar nurseries rank among the largest and brightest in the Local Cluster, shining with the light of ionized hydrogen.It was the presence of these active star forming regions that led astronomers to target Messier 33 with the Hubble telescope.

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