Andromeda is So Hot 'n' Cold (X-Ray Only)
This image of the Andromeda spiral galaxy highlights explosive stars in its interior, and cooler, dusty stars forming in its many rings. The XMM-Newton telescope captured in X-rays. NASA plays a role in both of these European Space Agency-led missions.
XMM-Newton is capturing what happens at the end of the lives of massive stars. It shows the high-energy X-rays that come from, among other objects, supernova explosions and massive dead stars rotating around companions. These X-ray sources are clustered in the center of the galaxy, where the most massive stars tend to form.
Andromeda is our Milky Way galaxy's nearest large neighbor. It is located about 2.5 million light-years away and holds up to an estimated trillion stars. Our Milky Way is thought to contain about 200 billion to 400 billion stars.
- January 5, 2011
- ESA/XMM-Newton/EPIC/W. Pietsch
- Andromeda Galaxy
- Messier 31
- NGC 224
- Subject | Milky Way
- Galaxy Type Spiral
- Lightyears 2,500,000
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