Two incredible new images from the Hubble Space Telescope show galaxies in all their shining glory.
The first photograph, of a galaxy called Messier 49, includes some 200 billion stars, although there’s no way to pick out most of the individual pinpricks of light within the image.
Most of the stars within this elliptical galaxy are about 6 billion years old, and those within its 6,000-odd globular star clusters are even older. And then there’s the supermassive black hole at the heart of Messier 49, which contains the mass of 500 million suns. It’s all quite a lot to fit in just one image, even an image of an object 56 million light-years away.
The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a galaxy called Messier 28. ESA/Hubble