M31 Great Andromeda Galaxy
Robert Gendler

Gendler M31 Andromeda Galaxy
Gendler M31 Andromeda Galaxy
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Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object.

Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects.

M31 is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. Although visible without aid, the above image of M31 is a digital mosaic of 20 frames taken with a small telescope. Much about M31 remains unknown, including how the center acquired two nuclei.



The equipment used was a 12.5" Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain (at F6) and ST10XME.
Selected NASA's Astronomy Picture the Day for November 26, 2006.

Text: APOD
Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler