This 4K video by YouTuber Daveachuk explores just one third of the Andromeda galaxy, showcasing “over 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters embedded in a section of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disc stretching across over 40,000 light-years.” It was composed of 1.5 billion pixels from 411 separate Hubble images. The first image was created by Cory Poole.
Though it’s a bit dizzying, the video is worth watching until the end while remembering that each of those bright dots is a star like our own sun. Next, zoom in and out on your own with this high-definition panoramic view of the Andromeda Galaxy.
Learn more about Earth’s cosmic address: Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea – our home supercluster, then go behind-the-scenes with PBS Off Book: The Beauty of Space Photography.