Amazingly, it is possible to see the spiral arms of Andromeda, our nearest galaxy 2.5 million light years away if you just know where to look
11 December 2019
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THIS week, we are taking stargazing to the extreme to spot the most distant object it is possible to see with the naked eye: the Andromeda galaxy.
This spiral galaxy is named after the nearby constellation of Andromeda. Also called Messier 31, M31 or NGC 224, it is between 2.2 and 2.5 million light years from Earth. This makes it the closest major galaxy, and the closest spiral galaxy, to our own. It is the biggest galaxy in the group, a …
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