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The Hubble Telescope shows what 200 billion stars look like

The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a galaxy, called Messier 49, which consists of about 200 billion stars.
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Two new fantastic images from the Hubble Space Telescope showing galaxies in all their radiant glory.

The first photo of a galaxy, called Messier 49, contains about 200 billion stars, although there is no way to sort out the most of the individual pinpricks of light in the image.

Most of the stars within the elliptical galaxy about 6 billion years old, and that within 6000-many globular clusters are even older. And then there is the supermassive black hole in the heart of Messier 49, in which the mass of 500 million suns. It is all a lot to fit in only one image, even an image of an object 56 million light-years away.

Both this galaxy and that seen in the second new image, Messier 28, were first cataloged by astronomer Charles Messier, but that he was not always sure of what he saw. That is because he is not in favor of Hubble ‘s view that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth, which produces much sharper pictures.

Sharp as this photo of the beautiful globular cluster, Messier 28, which looks like a smear of light near the constellation Sagittarius, as seen from the Earth. Messier 28 is also much closer than Messier 49 is, on the 18,000 light-years away from the Earth. So, unburdened by atmospheric interference, the Hubble telescope can pick out the Messier-28 individual stars in the smallest detail.

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Original story on Live Science.

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