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Hubblecast 115 Light: Triangulum Galaxy in unrivalled detail

NGC 604 NGC 604
Elijah Vega | 11 January, 2019, 01:15

The end result is the most detailed image yet of the third-largest galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies with a whopping 665 million pixels. To be able to create the panoramic survey of the 40 billion years that make up the Triangulum Galaxy, Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys captured 54 separate photos and created one big mosaic.

Triangulum, also called Messier 33, can be spotted by lucky skywatchers without an assist from a telescope, but it looks like a smudge.

He is looking forward to taking the first observations of the local universe with the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble that is scheduled for launch in 2021. Image credit: NASA / ESA / M. Durbin, J. Dalcanton & B. F. Williams, University of Washington. Within its scope lies roughly 10 - 15 million individual stars, along with numerous star clusters and bright nebulae.

Weisz came to UC Berkeley in the summer of 2016 and focuses on stars, dark matter, and galaxies near Earth, in particular the Local Group of galaxies that includes some 100 mostly small galaxies surrounding the two heavies, our own Milky Way and Andromeda.

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured an incredibly detailed image of the Triangulum Galaxy.

Astronomers think that Triangulum has avoided disruptive interactions with other galaxies, instead spending the eons tending its well-ordered spiral and turning out new generations of stars.

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In contrast to the two larger spiral galaxies, Triangulum does not have a bright bulge at its centre - and it also lacks a bar connecting its spiral arms to the centre.

Still, Messier 33 remains an important find, its abundance of gas clouds drawing astronomers to conduct this detailed analysis.

The ESA said that the galaxy contains a huge amount of gas and dust, giving rise to rapid star formation. When stars are born, they use up material in these clouds of gas and dust, leaving less fuel for new stars to emerge.

The new Hubble image shows two of the four brightest of these regions in the galaxy: NGC 595 and NGC 604.

He received the 2019 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize "for his transformational work on the star-formation histories of dwarf galaxies in the Local Group, our galactic neighborhood".

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