Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

NASA's Hubble Captures Shockingly Detailed Image Of Stunning Triangulum Galaxy

NASA's Hubble Captures Shockingly Detailed Image Of Stunning 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.

Hubble captures awe-inspiring PHOTO of Triangulum galaxy that spans 19,400 light-years As the holiday season draws to a close, the Hubble telescope has provided one truly massive parting gift: an immensely detailed photo of one of our galactic neighbors that spans 19,400 light-years across.

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.

You may have spotted the Triangulum Galaxy-also known as Messier 33 or NGC 598-on a particularly clear night: it's that faint, blurry object in the constellation of Triangulum (the Triangle).

It measures only about 60,000 light years across, compared to the 200,000 light years of the much bigger spiral Andromeda Galaxy. The high-resolution image is a composite of 54 separate images, which were captured by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Another difference between the Triangulum Galaxy and the two more popular spiral galaxies is that the former does not have a bright bulge in its center.

Still, Messier 33 remains an important find, its abundance of gas clouds drawing astronomers to conduct this detailed analysis. It does, however, contain a huge amount of gas and dust, giving rise to rapid star formation.

Which is freaky, because newborn stars devour dust and gas, leaving less fuel for new celestial bodies to emerge. "Uncovering the Triangulum galaxy's story will provide an important point of reference in understanding how galaxies develop over time, and the diverse paths that shape what we see today".

The near-perfect distribution of stars within Triangulum has led researchers to believe that the galaxy has somehow avoided any major intergalactic collisions and has remained relatively untouched for aeons. The new image from Hubble shows two of the four brightest regions of Triangulum.

The latter is the second most luminous region of ionized hydrogen within the Local Group and it is also among the largest known star formation regions in the group.

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