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back to article Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda

New, nifty pictures have been released by astro-boffins which reveal further glories of "the elegant spiral galaxy Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty". Without further ado: That's a proper long-distance princess snap A bit blurry maybe, but this kind of pic often is We're indebted for the …

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Geek porn of the highest order.

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and associated Greek porn (sorry, art) .....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vasari,_perseo_e_andromeda,_studiolo.jpg

I'm worried about some elements of this. Can it be classed as one of those 'extreme' images?

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Bloody hell. That beats the framed poster I have in my living room.

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Anonymous Coward

Just wait a few billion years.

You won't need a telescope then.

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Re: Just wait a few billion years.

You're an Inhibitor aren't you.

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Alien

I can see...

... my house!

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Amazing to think ...

that each pixel in the picture is a sun!

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Well not every pixel obviously and I think you mean is a star.

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Happy

Re: Amazing to think ...

The ones with any planets around them would be suns. So we won't know for sure until we get a closer look.

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"that each pixel in the picture is a sun!"

M31 contains some 1,000,000,000,000 stars. You would need terapixel images to make the above be true.

The universe never ceases to amaze.

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But it's so small...

I was expecting something, like... a zillion light-years across!

IT? It must have taken loads of IT to process those images...

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Galactic collisions anyone?

The image seems to show at least two planes of eliptical rings at different inclinations.

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Ooh, shiney

I want one

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Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty

1) Andromeda is the daughter of Cephus and Cassiopeia, who are Ethiopian, not Greek.

2) Andromeda is "known for her beauty" because of her mother's hubris in declaring she was more beautiful than the Nereids, and was punished by Poseidon.

BoJo was right, a classical education does eventually come in handy.

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Re: Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty

I read "...more beautiful that the Nereids.." as "more beautiful than the NERDS"

Which is just as punishable in my books

Lol

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"a classical education does eventually come in handy."

Glad to hear it.

My daughter is taking classical civilisations (Greek and Roman) at 'o'level (or whatever they are called these days) instead of History (for which the topic is "The politics of Europe in the inter-war years"). Got to admit the classical one sounds more interesting, and it now looks like it may come in handy if she ever becomes a commentard.

:-)

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Discovery ...

My God ... It's full of stars!

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I havent read the article yet

I just came here to a give big thumbs up to the use of the word "astro-paps"

Made my day

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Though surely it's a better word to describe the subject of the photo rather than those who took it? The author might want to look up "galaxy" in the dictionary...

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And I ...

... for one, welcome our future Milky Way dispersing overlords!

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Re: our future Milky Way dispersing overlords!

Andromeda has a pearl necklace?

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Princess?

Bloody paparazzi

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Reassuringly swirly

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Still pretty sure

that we're the at center of God's creation. And we are his only creation in His image. Praise Jesus and my sniper rifle!

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You might find that most of the work behind these stunning images was actually done in the UK & Europe. The SPIRE camera was built in Cardiff, the PACS camera was built in France and this project is led by Ghent University... Not belittling the help of JPL & the US, of course.

And yes, it did take a lot of IT to process the images :)

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Beautiful but deadly. She's on a full-on collision course with The Milky Way, ETA 1 BY or so. Expect future classroom drills which include the injunction "Duck!". I guess we could start practicing right now...

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NICE..............

Got to admit it's a real good shot

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False colour, blurry...

all they need is a couple of hashtags and it's ready for instagram.

A fantastic photo, really puts a lot of things in persective... Mainly how unimportant we are.

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"The SPIRE camera was built in Cardiff"

Now, that IS amazing.. :-)

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