our neighboring galaxy

NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, highlights the Andromeda Galaxy in one of the first images sent down from orbit. This image, released Feb. 17, combines data from all four of WISE’s infrared detectors. Shades of blue highlight mature stars. The yellow and red areas indicate where dust has been heated by newborn, massive stars.

New detailed images from space show Andromeda Galaxy.

Galaxy cam

The spiral galaxy NGC 1097 takes on a beautiful swirl in this infrared view, produced by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and published on July 23. The “eye” at the center of the galaxy is actually a monstrous black hole surrounded by a ring of stars. The galaxy is 50 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Fornax.

Galaxy NGC 1097 - the eye of the storm

Galaxy NGC 1097 - the eye of the storm