Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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NASA's Hubble Captures Shockingly Detailed Image Of Stunning Triangulum Galaxy

NASA's Hubble Captures Shockingly Detailed Image Of Stunning Triangulum Galaxy

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Triangulum Galaxy, a spiral galaxy located at a distance of only three million light-years, inspires the question: "What unbelievable life forms reside there?"

Scientists using the Hubble space telescope has obtained the most detailed images of the Triangle galaxy (Messier 33), which is located at a distance of three million light years from Earth. Triangulum is one of the farthest objects that can be seen with the naked eye in dark skies - it's in the Triangulum constellation, near Andromeda. Unlike other galaxies, dust is distributed throughout it. "Astronomers think that in the Local Group, Triangulum has been something of an introvert, isolated from frequent interactions with other galaxies while keeping busy producing stars along organized spiral arms", another statement said.

It measures only about 60,000 light-years across, compared to the 200,000 light-years of the Andromeda Galaxy; the Milky Way lies between these extremes at about 100,000 light-years in diameter.

Now, it's easy to get lost in the glittering digital mosaic, comprised of 54 separate photos stitched together to showcase the galaxy's central region and inner spiral arms. The remaining galaxies of the group orbit any one of these three larger members.

The Triangulum Galaxy - also known as Messier 33 or NGC 598 - is part of the "Local Group", meaning it is part of the same group of galaxies that the Milky Way belongs to. Astronomer Steven Bellavia, an engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory, coincidentally sent me an image he took of the galaxy with a 71mm refracting telescope and 20 megapixel astronomy camera over the course of two hours.

Most notably, Triangulum's star formation is 10 times more intense than in the comparable Hubble panorama of the neighboring Andromeda. "Uncovering the Triangulum galaxy's story will provide an important point of reference in understanding how galaxies develop over time, and the diverse paths that shape what we see today".

Triangulum Galaxy is also characterised by a huge amount of dust and gas and dust, which enables it to form stars at a rapid rate - about one solar mass in every two years.

Which is freakish, because newborn stars devour dust and gas, leaving less fuel for new celestial bodies to emerge. The new image from Hubble shows two of the four brightest regions of Triangulum.

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