Cropped from full photo of Andromeda galaxy taken by the Hubble telescope. 
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The of space so expansive, so inconceivable, that frankly, it makes humanity’s lot in the universe seem pretty tiny and pointless.

Amplifying that sense of insignificance, NASA has released its , most detailed image of space ever. Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, it captures the Andromeda Galaxy, of our nearest galactic neighbors at a mere 2.5 million years away.

The full size image is about 60,000 by 22,000 pixels, a of 1.5 billion pixels. That’s about 1,000 the resolution of regular -definition. It is detailed enough that the telescope can resolve individual in the 61,000 light year-long slice of galaxy captured by the image—”like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of ,” according to NASA. All in all, there are over 100 million stars in the photo. (See video)

And indeed, zooming in on the image does make it look like a -up of a beach:


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