Stars by SMARTPHONE: British astronomers take incredibly detailed picture of the Andromeda galaxy 2.5 million light years away with a Google Pixel 4
- Image shows the night sky over London with Andromeda at the centre
- Other star constellations including Perseus, Aries and Pisces are also visible
- The picture was captured using a Google Pixel 4 smartphone
- The phone has a special ‘Night Sight’ mode for taking photos in the dark
Astronomers have captured the first ever smartphone image of the Andromeda galaxy 2.5 million light years away, using a Google Pixel 4.
An annotated version of picture, released by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, shows the night sky with Andromeda at the centre.
Other constellations are also visible in the image – including Camelopardalis, Cassiopeia, Lacerta, Perseus, Pegasus, Triangulum, Aries and Pisces.
The picture shows the night sky over London with Andromeda at the centre. Camelopardalis, Cassiopeia, Lacerta, Perseus, Pegasus, Triangulum, Aries and Pisces are also all visible
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The astronomers were impressed that the smartphone was able to overcome high levels of artificial light to take the picture.
London illuminates just under 449 million lumens – which is the equivalent to 534,353 light bulbs – and 19 of the 20 brightest UK districts are London boroughs.
‘This is the first time we’ve ever captured a galaxy like Andromeda using just a mobile phone,’ said Brendan Owens, Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
‘It’s exciting to think how today’s technology can open the door to anyone to further explore London’s skyline.’
The image was captured during an astrophotography event hosted by Google at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Guests were encouraged to take their own images of the stars using the £669 Pixel 4, as professional astronomers pointed out the best constellations to capture.
Astro fans gather at the Royal Observatory Greenwich to view the stars – with a Google Pixel 4 phone
The Pixel 4’s ‘Night Sight’ mode is designed for taking photos in full darkness. It can also be used to capture shots of the night sky.
The Pixel 4 has a special ‘Night Sight’ mode, which is designed for taking photos in full darkness. It can also be used to capture shots of the night sky.
‘We want to inspire people to spend more time looking up at the stars,’ said Nick Clark, Product Manager for Google Pixel 4.
‘Taking genuinely superb photos of the stars is now possible using just the phone in your pocket and we’d love to encourage the nation to get outside and discover how easy and fun astrophotography can be.’
British Astronaut Major Tim Peake spoke at the event about his love of astrophotography and his experience taking images in space.
Astronaut Major Tim Peake at the Royal Observatory Greenwich where he was visiting to view the stars with astronomer Brendan Owens
British Astronaut Major Tim Peake spoke at the event about his love of astrophotography and his experience taking images in space
He also shared his favourite photographs taken from the ISS – including Aurora, Antarctica and London at night.
‘It’s easy to forget to look up when we are going about our day to day lives so it’s great to see Google encouraging more and more people to get outdoors, look up and appreciate our incredible universe,’ he said.