The grandeur of the Andromeda Galaxy is perfectly captured in a zoom-out video shared by World and Science, a Twitter handle that often shares interesting stories from the world of science. The video of the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as the Messier 31 or M31, has left users on the microblogging site awestruck. The sharp zoom0out clip shows over 100 million celestial bodies. The clip begins with the camera moving to the right before zooming out and revealing what is undoubtedly a heavenly view of the M31.
“Mind-blowing! A zoom out of the sharpest view of the Andromeda Galaxy ever and showing more than 100 million stars!” wrote World and Science on June 9, sharing the clip with its 2.1 million followers. Midway through the zoom-out video, the camera lowers slightly, revealing the galaxy full of countless stars, some easily identifiable due to their size. At the time of writing, the video had already generated a whole lot of excitement with over 340,000 views, 1
A zoom out of the sharpest view of the Andromeda Galaxy ever and showing more than 100 million stars!
(Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, BF Williams, LC Johnson, PHAT Team, R. Gendler / Video by Universal-Sci) pic.twitter.com/YeTtKa3keq
– The World and Science (@WorldAndScience) June 9, 2021
In response to it, Teen Wolf star Ian Bohen tweeted: “Great perspective for all those who think we’re alone out here,” he wrote.
Great perspective for all those who think we’re alone out here.
– Ian Bohen (@IanBohen) June 9, 2021
Another user (@idealust) wondered how there could be no life out there. “Overwhelming huge amounts of planets around these stars. The trick is, is it alive below our ability to find it? Too much to search. Not enough time. Such a paradox,” read the tweet.
How can there not be life out there?
Overwhelming amount of planets around these stars.
Trick is, does it live below our ability to find it?
Too much to search for. Not enough teeth. Such a paradox.
– Paul says Mask It or Casket (@idealust) June 10, 2021
“It’s also incredible to think how far apart these stars really are when they all look so closely together in the picture,” commented user Chilly MIV
It’s also incredible to think how far apart these stars really are when they all look so closely together in the picture.
– Chilly MIV (@Chilly_MIV) June 9, 2021
Here are some more reactions to the fascinating perception of the Andromeda Galaxy.
Sometimes I think we are created to just appreciate the universe!
– Ehsan (@silentboof) June 9, 2021
Somewhere there, among the 100 million stars, I sincerely hope that there is another telescope trained at the Milky Way trying to figure out if they can spot anyone.
– Suresh Babu (@zurent) June 9, 2021
We are just specifications in all galaxies. So much more out there that we will never know about.
– RareJewlez (@RareJewelz) June 9, 2021
Wow. It’s unmanageable .. Fantastic. I love astronomy. Thbaks for this wonderful picture
– Satish Patri (@ SatishPatri1) June 9, 2021
Wow. Bare wow. This look towards infinity is almost more than my final self can take in.
– Joe Newberry (@JoeNewberry) June 9, 2021
According to NASA, the Andromeda Galaxy is a majestic spiral with perhaps as many as 1 trillion stars, twice as much as our Milky Way. It is so close to us that the galaxy appears as “a cigar-shaped piece of light high in the autumn sky,” the space agency said. It added that the M31 is at a distance of 2.5 million light-years from us.
In another post last month, NASA recalled that less than 100 years ago, many astronomers believed that the Milky Way was the only galaxy in the universe. It said that although astronomers discussed the existence of other galaxies, it took Edwin Hubble’s observations of the Great Andromeda Nebula to confirm that it was too far away to be part of the Milky Way. The great Andromeda Nebula then became the Andromeda Galaxy, and astronomers recognized that our universe was much larger than humanity could imagine.