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Here's The Sharpest Image Ever Of The Galaxy Next Door

Suddenly iPhone panoramas feel less impressive.

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NASA released its largest Hubble Space Telescope image composite ever, and it's of the Andromeda galaxy, our neighbor that's about 2.5 million light-years away.

Here's the panorama in its entirety — which shows more than 100 million stars — and below you can see each segment up close.

It's the sharpest composite image yet, with 7,398 exposures taken over 411 individual pointings. To give you a sense of its magnificence, NASA likens it to taking a picture of the beach and resolving individual grains of sand.

Starting from the left:

The image has more than 1.5 billion pixels, which would require roughly 600 HD TVs to display, if you were thinking about it.