Zooming in on stars in the Andromeda Galaxy’s giant stellar stream

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This video zooms in on the location of Hubble observations in the Andromeda Galaxy’s giant stellar stream. An area which appears virtually empty in the wide-field view is revealed as being packed with huge numbers of stars.

The stream is a swathe of stars left over from a galaxy which was engulfed by the Andromeda Galaxy. While it is not clearly visible in the wide-field view of the galaxy, detailed observations like Hubble’s show that the density of stars here is noticeably higher than elsewhere in the galaxy’s halo.


NASA, ESA, Digitized Sky Survey 2 and T.M. Brown (STScI)

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Release date:21 July 2011, 10:00
Related releases:heic1112

About the Object

Name:Andromeda Galaxy, M 31, Messier 31
Type:• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
• X - HD Videos


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