That pic is freakin AWESOME!!!!!! S&F
Is it an actual photograph is is it an artists rendition of data?
The universe is an amazing place and just keeps getting more and more amazinger
Thirteen dwarf galaxies are playing a cosmic-scale game of Ring Around Andromeda, forming an enormous structure astronomers have never seen before and are hard-pressed to explain with current theories of how galaxies form and evolve.
According to current theories, the small galaxies, which contain as many as a few tens of billions of stars each, should be randomly arranged around the Andromeda galaxy.
Instead, they orbit Andromeda within a plane more than 1 million light-years across and about 30,000 light-years thick. For comparison, the latest estimates of Andromeda's girth put its diameter at more than 220,000 light-years.
The Christian Science Monitor (s.tt...)
Originally posted by dainoyfb
reply to post by IkNOwSTuff
It's a near infrared image. It looks a bit odd because the light is invisible to human eyes so the astronomers choose arbitrary visible colors to represent the intensity of the NIR light.