Video of the Week: Gigapixels of Andromeda

How close can a video experience come to the true meaning of “awesome”?

This close.

On January 5, 2015, NASA released a high resolution Hubble Space Telescope image of the Andromeda galaxy, aka M31. It’s the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the galaxy. (You can see the original image here.)

The image is made up of 411 Hubble images, 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters. It stretches over more than 40,000 light years.

YouTuber daveachuck worked with a section of NASA’s image, zooming in and panning around its 1.5 billion pixels and adding music to create a mind blowing experience of our closest galactic neighbor.

For the best viewing experience:

1. Set the quality to 4K

a. Click the “gear” icon at the bottom left of the video player

how to change youtube settings

b. Select 2160p/4K

how to set youtube quality

2. Make sure the volume is up

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3. Then select full screen viewing

how to view youtube full screen

To return to regular (not full screen) view, right-click on the Escape key at the top left of your keyboard (or on Mac hit Control-Esc).


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