The US space agency NASA has released a video of the Andromeda Galaxy taken from the Hubble Telescope. So many stars are visible in this video as if a fair is being held. The stars shining in red are old, while the stars in blue are still younger. This video, posted 1 hour ago on NASA’s Instagram account, has been viewed more than 16 thousand times.
Identify the old and new wires
NASA wrote in the caption of its Insta post that the nearby Andromeda Galaxy is the largest galaxy in the Local Group. Our Milky Way also belongs to this galaxy. The Hubble Telescope has captured millions of stars in a part of the Andromeda Galaxy. In this, old stars shining in red color and young stars in blue color are also visible. Sometimes other galaxies and dust particles are also visible on the back side.
Learn about the Andromeda Galaxy
The Andromeda Galaxy is located at a distance of 2,500,000 light-years (1.6×1011 astronomical units) from Earth. There are so many bright stars in this galaxy that they can be easily seen from Earth. Andromeda is the closest galaxy to our Earth. It can be seen as a spot in the sky on a new moon night.
Hubble Telescope was launched in 1990
NASA and the European Space Agency launched the Hubble Space Telescope in April 1990. It was sent into space via the Discovery Space Shuttle. This telescope was named ‘Hubble’ after American astronomer Edwin Ponwell Hubble. It is the only telescope of NASA, which is designed for servicing in space itself. This 13.2 meter long telescope weighs 11 thousand kilograms. It orbits the Earth in the lower orbit.