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The Andromeda Galaxy

M31 or NGC 224 or Andromeda Nebula

2020

aug 8 - 20

and

2023

jan 16

The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or M31, is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Andromeda. It is the closest spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy and is approximately 2.537 million light-years away from Earth.

The Andromeda Galaxy is larger than the Milky Way, with a diameter of about 220,000 light-years, making it the largest galaxy in the Local Group.

Exposure

13 hours

The Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way are on a collision course with each other. In approximately 4.5 billion years, the two galaxies are expected to collide and eventually merge to form a single, larger galaxy.

Galaxies near the Andromeda Galaxy visible in the image are M32 and M110.

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earlier photo of the andromeda galaxy

date:
2020 aug 8 - 20

exposure:
5 hours 40 minutes

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