Wide-field view of the Andromeda Galaxy showing the extent of the PHAT survey

This wide-field view shows the Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31) along with its companions M32 (below centre) and NGC 205 (upper right). The extend of the new PHAT survey of Andromeda using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is shown by the irregularly shaped region and the main image presented here by the rectangle within it.

Credit:

M31 PHAT Mosaic Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton (University of Washington), B. F. Williams (University of Washington, USA), L. C. Johnson (University of Washington, USA), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler

Credit for ground-based background Image of M31: © 2008 R. Gendler, Used with Permission

About the Image

Id:heic1502c
Type:Collage
Release date:5 January 2015, 23:15
Related releases:heic1502
Size:3600 x 3600 px

About the Object

Name:Andromeda Galaxy, Messier 31
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:2 million light years
Category:Galaxies

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