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Swift's UV portrait of the Andromeda Galaxy

NASA's Swift satellite has acquired the highest-resolution view of the neighboring spiral galaxy M31. Also known as the Andromeda Galaxy, M31 is the largest and closest such galaxy to our own. It's more than 220,000 light-years across and lies 2.5 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. Between May 25 and July 26, 2008, Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) acquired 330 images of M31 at wavelengths of 192.8, 224.6, and 260 nanometers. The images represent a total exposure time of 24 hours. Some 20,000 ultraviolet sources are visible in the image, including M32, a small galaxy in orbit around M31. Dense clusters of hot, young, blue stars sparkle in the disk beyond the galaxy's smooth, redder central bulge. Star clusters are especially plentiful along a ring about 150,000 light-years across.
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   "A Swift Tour of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31)" short film.

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High resolution layered Photoshop TIFF containing both UV and Optical image layers.    High resolution layered Photoshop TIFF containing both UV and Optical image layers.

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High resolution still of the Andromeda Galaxy as seen by the Swift satellite in UV light.    High resolution still of the Andromeda Galaxy as seen by the Swift satellite in UV light.

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High resolution still of the Andromeda Galaxy in optical light.    High resolution still of the Andromeda Galaxy in optical light.

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High resolution wide angle image of the Andromeda Galaxy in optical light.    High resolution wide angle image of the Andromeda Galaxy in optical light.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10485
Animation Number:10485
Completed:2009-09-14
Video Editor:Stefanie Misztal (UMBC)
Narrator:Stefan Immler (UMCP)
Producer:Stefanie Misztal (UMBC)
Scientist:Stefan Immler (UMCP)
Writer:Francis Reddy (SPSYS)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:Swift
Series:Narrated Movies
 Goddard Shorts
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Goddard TV Tape:G2009-079 -- A Swift Tour of M31
Please give credit for this item to:
Swift image: NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler (GSFC) and Erin Grand (UMCP) Optical image: Bill Schoening, Vanessa Harvey/REU program/NOAO/AURA/NSF
 
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