The vastness of the Andromeda Galaxy is perfectly captured in a zoomed-out video shared by World and Science, a Twitter handle that often shares interesting stories about the world of science. The video of the Andromeda Galaxy (also known as Messier 31 or M31) amazed users on the Weibo website. The sharply zoomed out clip shows more than 100 million celestial bodies. When the editing starts, the camera moves to the right and then zooms out. This is undoubtedly the heavenly view of the M31.
“Amazing! The clearest view ever of the Andromeda Galaxy, showing more than 100 million stars!” Wrote World and Science on June 9 and shared this video with 2.1 million fans. In the middle of the zoomed-out video, the camera slowed down a bit and showed galaxies filled with countless stars, some of which are easy to identify due to their size. At the time of writing, the video has caused quite a stir, with more than 340,000 views, 10,500 likes, and 3,200 retweets.
Zoom in on the clearest view ever of the Andromeda Galaxy, showing more than 100 million stars!
(Source: Video provided by NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, BF Williams, LC Johnson, PHAT team, R. Gendler / Universal-Sci) pic.twitter.com/YeTtKa3keq
-World and Science (@WorldAndScience) June 9, 2021
In this regard, the young wolf star Ian Bohen wrote on Twitter: “For those who think we are here alone, this is a good perspective,” he wrote.
This is a good perspective for everyone who thinks we are alone here.
— Ian Bohen (@IanBohen) June 9, 2021
Another user (@idealust) wants to know how there can be no life outside. “The number of planets around these stars is staggering. The key is whether it is still alive while we are able to find it? Too much searching. There is not enough time. Such a paradox,” the tweet read.
How can there be no life outside?
The number of planets around these stars is staggering.
The trick is, is it still alive while we find it?
Too many searches. Not enough teeth. Such a paradox.
-Paul said it was a mask or a coffin (@idealust) June 10, 2021
User Chilly MIV commented: “When they look so close in the photo, it’s unbelievable to think about how far apart these stars are.”
When they look so close in the photo, the actual distance between these stars is also incredible.
-Chilly MIV (@Chilly_MIV) June 9, 2021
Here are more reactions to the fascinating scenery of the Andromeda Galaxy.
Sometimes I think we were created just to appreciate the universe!
— Ehsan (@silentboof) June 9, 2021
Somewhere there, among the 100 million stars, I eagerly hope that there will be another telescope trained in the Milky Way, trying to figure out whether they can spot someone.
— Suresh Babu (@zurent) June 9, 2021
We are just specifications in all galaxies. There are many more out there, we will never know.
-Rare Jewelry (@RareJewelz) June 9, 2021
Wow. It’s unbelievable… it’s amazing. I like astronomy.Admire this wonderful photo
-Satish Patri (@SatishPatri1) June 9, 2021
Wow. Wow. This view of infinity is almost beyond the acceptable range of my limited self.
— Joe Newberry (@JoeNewberry) June 9, 2021
According to NASA, the Andromeda Galaxy is a majestic spiral composed of possibly as many as 1 trillion stars, twice the amount of our Milky Way. The space agency says it is so close to us that the Milky Way looks like “a tall cigar halo in the autumn sky.” It added that M31 is 2.5 million light-years away from us.
In another article 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 while astronomers argued about the existence of other galaxies, Edwin Hubble’s observations of the Great Andromeda Nebula confirmed that it was too far away to be part of the Milky Way. The Great Andromeda Nebula then became the Andromeda Galaxy, and astronomers realized that our universe is much larger than humans thought.