Time to change desktop images. The Hubble Space Telescope has produced a surprising panoramic image of the Triangulum Galaxy, one of the nearest galactic neighbors on the Earth.
The famous space observatory captured a revolutionary spiral of stars in 54 fields of vision, capturing data in a span of about 19,000 light years, according to Hubble researchers in a statement. (One year light is the distance light traveling in a year, about 6 billion miles or 10 billion kilometers).
The result is a huge image of the Triangulum, also called M33, which covers about 25 million visible stars. While the image is an art piece in itself, astronomers will use it to learn more about the neighborhood near the Milky Way, which is our own galaxy.
Triangulum is one of several galaxies close to the Earth, which is located in an area known as the Local Group. The group includes dozens of members, but it is dominated by the three great Andromeda galaxies (which Hubble also captured in high resolution by 2015), the Milky Way and the Triangle.
Triangulum star training is approximately 10 times more intense than that captured in the Hubble Andromeda photo, so astronomers claim that the new Triangulum image will discover some of the Mechanisms of this star training, according to the statement.
"Astronomers think that in the local group, Triangulum has been an introvert, isolated from frequent interactions with other galaxies, while keeping the producing stars occupied along the organized spiral arms. The discovery of the history of the Triangulum Galaxy will be a an important point of reference to understand how galaxies develop over time and the various paths that shape what we see today, "the researchers said in the statement.
Hubble is about 30 years of operations this year since its launch in 1990, and it stays in excellent health. NASA has said that operations should continue even beyond the launch of the upcoming space of James Webb Space Telescope, which is currently scheduled for release in 2021.
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