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 …

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  1. A Non e-mouse Silver badge
    Happy

    Geek porn of the highest order.

    1. frank ly

      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?

  2. AndrueC Silver badge
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    Bloody hell. That beats the framed poster I have in my living room.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just wait a few billion years.

    You won't need a telescope then.

    1. Richard Wharram

      Re: Just wait a few billion years.

      You're an Inhibitor aren't you.

  4. Graham Marsden
    Alien

    I can see...

    ... my house!

  5. alain williams Silver badge

    Amazing to think ...

    that each pixel in the picture is a sun!

    1. chipxtreme
      Holmes

      Re: Amazing to think ...

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

      1. frank ly
        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.

    2. Michael H.F. Wilkinson
      Happy

      Re: Amazing to think ...

      "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.

  6. Steve Renouf
    IT Angle

    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...

  7. ravenviz
    Boffin

    Galactic collisions anyone?

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

  8. teebie

    Ooh, shiney

    I want one

  9. Tom 38 Silver badge
    Headmaster

    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.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      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

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "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.

      :-)

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Discovery ...

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

  11. Gordon 10 Silver badge
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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

    1. Frumious Bandersnatch
      Headmaster

      Re: I havent read the article yet

      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...

  12. Armando 123
    Coat

    And I ...

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

    1. Spoonsinger
      Coat

      Re: our future Milky Way dispersing overlords!

      Andromeda has a pearl necklace?

  13. Benchops

    Princess?

    Bloody paparazzi

  14. The last doughnut
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    Reassuringly swirly

  15. bearded bear can
    Devil

    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!

  16. Blobologist

    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 :)

  17. Palf
    Mushroom

    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...

  18. Dennis Wilson
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    NICE..............

    Got to admit it's a real good shot

  19. Esskay
    Joke

    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.

  20. James Pickett

    "The SPIRE camera was built in Cardiff"

    Now, that IS amazing.. :-)

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