Cropped from full photo of Andromeda galaxy taken by the Hubble telescope. 
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The vastness of is 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 largest, most detailed of space ever. Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, it captures the Andromeda Galaxy, one of our nearest galactic at a 2.5 million light years away.

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

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


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