From breathtaking nebulae to spectacular galaxies, the cosmos is full of stunning celestial objects. Think about how stunning those objects might look if they were close enough to Earth for us to see them in the night sky without having to use a telescope.
The Russian space agency Roscosmos recently took on that thought experiment, creating a series of simulations. The video features the nearby Andromeda galaxy, the iconic Ring Nebula, and even a massive black hole. See the still images of the close-up celestial bodies featured in the video — prepare to be amazed.
YouTube: Studios Roscosmos Andromeda galaxy, the closest galaxy to our own Milky Way, spans 220,000 light-years. In real life, it is located about 2.5 million light-years from Earth.
More info: Andromeda Galaxy | Andromeda Facts | Galaxy Types
The stunning Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In real life, it lies approximately 6,300 light-years from Earth.
Great Globular Cluster in Hercules
The Globular Cluster of Hercules is roughly 160 light-years in diameter. In real life, the cluster is about 25,000 light-years from Earth.
The beautiful Ring Nebula spans roughly 1 light-year. In real life, it sits about 2,000 light-years from Earth.
The Pleiades star cluster is about 10 light-years across. In real life, the cluster lies some 440 light-years from Earth.
The Whirlpool Galaxy is 60,000 light-years across and, in real life, 30 million light-years from Earth.
There’s a giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way that’s about 14 million miles across, and 26,000 light-years from Earth.
A supernova is an exploding star. Research suggests that the safest distance between Earth and a supernova would be 50 to 100 light-years.