Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Hubble captures awe-inspiring PHOTO of Triangulum galaxy that spans 19,400 light-years

Hubble captures awe-inspiring PHOTO of Triangulum galaxy that spans 19,400 light-years

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed image yet of a the Triangulum Galaxy, a spiral galaxy located at a distance of only three million light-years. Now, Hubble snapped the sharpest image of the Triangle galaxy, a space structure located at approximately 2.8 million light years from us.

Weisz came to UC Berkeley in the summer of 2016 and focuses on stars, dark matter, and galaxies near Earth, in particular the Local Group of galaxies that includes some 100 mostly small galaxies surrounding the two heavies, our own Milky Way and Andromeda. The end result is the most detailed image yet of the third-largest galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies with a whopping 665 million pixels.

It measures only about 60,000 light years across, compared to the 200,000 light years of the much bigger spiral Andromeda Galaxy. The snapshot of the space object, also known as Messier 33, is made up of 54 photos taken with Hubble's ACS camera, according to the European Space Agency (ESA) which reported on the image.

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The full image contains nearly 25 million stars, and will help scientists study not just the Triangulum Galaxy, but Andromeda and our own. Some 1500 light-years across, this is one of the largest, brightest concentrations of ionized hydrogen (H II) in our Local Group of galaxies, and it is a major center of star formation.

The Triangulum Galaxy - also known as Messier 33 or NGC 598 - is part of the "Local Group", meaning it is part of the same group of galaxies that the Milky Way belongs to. Today, September 9, 2009, NASA released the first images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope since its fix in the spring.

The runt of the litter also lacks the conventional bright bulge at its heart and does not have a bar connecting its spiral arms to the center.

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

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

As the junior member of this trio, the Triangulum Galaxy provides the valuable comparisons and contrasts that only a close companion can.

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The new Hubble image shows two of the four brightest of these regions in the galaxy: NGC 595 and NGC 604.

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