Stars by SMARTPHONE: British astronomers make incredibly detailed images of the Andromeda galaxy 2.5 million light-years away with a Google Pixel 4
- Image shows the night sky over London with Andromeda in the middle
- Other constellations such as Perseus, Aries and Pisces are also visible
- The photo was taken with a Google Pixel 4 smartphone
- The phone has a special & # 39; Night Sight & # 39; mode for taking photos in the dark
Astronomers have created the first smartphone image ever of the Andromeda galaxy 2.5 million light-years away, using a Google Pixel 4.
An annotated version of the photo, published by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, shows the night sky with Andromeda in the middle.
Other constellations are also visible in the image – including Camelopardalis, Cassiopeia, Lacerta, Perseus, Pegasus, Triangulum, Aries and Pisces.
The photo shows the night sky over London with Andromeda in the middle. Camelopardalis, Cassiopeia, Lacerta, Perseus, Pegasus, Triangulum, Aries and Pisces are also all visible
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The astronomers were under the impression that the smartphone could overcome a lot of artificial light to take the photo.
London illuminates just under 449 million lumens – equivalent to 534,353 light bulbs – and 19 of the 20 brightest British districts are boroughs in London.
"This is the first time we've ever conquered a galaxy like Andromeda with just a cell phone," said Brendan Owens, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
"It's exciting to think about how today's technology can open the door for everyone to explore the London skyline."
The image was taken during an astrophotography event organized by Google in the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Guests were encouraged to create their own images of the stars using the £ 669 Pixel 4, while professional astronomers took on the best constellations to capture.
Astro fans gather at the Royal Observatory Greenwich to view the stars – with a Google Pixel 4 phone
The & # 39; Night Sight & # 39; mode of the Pixel 4 is designed for taking photos in complete darkness. It can also be used to take pictures of the night sky.
The Pixel 4 has a special & # 39; Night Sight & # 39; mode, which is designed for taking photos in complete darkness. It can also be used to take pictures of the night sky.
& # 39; We want to inspire people to spend more time watching the stars & # 39 ;, said Nick Clark, product manager for Google Pixel 4.
& # 39; It is now possible to take really beautiful photos of the stars with just the phone in your pocket and we want to encourage the nation to go outside and discover how easy and fun astrophotography can be. & # 39;
During the event, British astronaut Major Tim Peake spoke about his love of astrophotography and his experience of making images in space.
Astronaut Major Tim Peake at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, where he was visiting to see the stars with astronomer Brendan Owens
The British astronaut Major Tim Peake spoke during the event about his love of astrophotography and his experience of making images in space
He also shared his favorite photos taken from the ISS – including Aurora, Antarctica, and London at night.
"It's easy to forget to look up when we live our daily lives, so it's great to see Google encouraging more and more people to go out, look up and appreciate our incredible universe," he said.
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