An array of high-resolution images of the Milky Hall has been released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The images show the Milky-Way, the vast majority of the visible universe, in the morning sky on August 24.
It’s a rare occurrence for the night skies to be full of galaxies, so the images are only a few dozen of them.
“The first thing we saw in the sky was this incredibly bright galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, in a different constellation than we normally see,” NOAA astrophysicist Chris Rogers told the Associated Press.
“And that’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen,” Rogers said.
“It’s just something that really stood out to me.
I thought, ‘Wow, we’re in a galaxy.'”
The images also show the Andromeda galaxy’s brightening and the Milky way’s slow but steady movement.
The Hubble Space Telescope has also captured images of a similar Andromeda galaxy.
Astronomers believe that a young, supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy is rapidly expanding, and its gravity is pulling the galaxy toward it.
The Andromeda galaxy has some of the most powerful gravity in the Universe, with a mass about 100 times that of the sun.
“We can’t see that much light coming from this galaxy in the first place,” Rogers told AP.
“And it’s been this way for at least 20 years.
So, I’m just disappointed that this has taken so long.”
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Originally published on Space.com.