The image, published on January 7, was assembled from 54 individual photographs taken by the ACS camera of the Hubble telescope.
Link to the snapshot (1.5 gigabytes) under the cut.
Messier 33 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation of the Triangle, at a distance of 2.7 million light years from us, which makes it the second largest galaxy in the vicinity of the Milky Way. It belongs to the Local Group of Galaxies , consisting of more than 50 galaxies, including the Milky Way and the Andromeda Nebula, and is the third largest in the group. The disk diameter of the M33 galaxy is about 60 thousand light years, while the diameter of the Milky Way disk is about 100 thousand light years.