The Andromeda Galaxy, M31, with dwarf satellite galaxies M32 and M110

The Andromeda Galaxy, M31, with dwarf satellite galaxies M32 and M110

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The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or NGC 224.  To learn more about galaxies, check out #Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/

The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or NGC 224. To learn more about galaxies, check out #Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/

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Humility:   Andromeda’s actual size, not accounting for the fact it is 2.5 BILLION LIGHT YEARS away, compared with the moon's 238,000 MILES away.  It contains a Trillion stars, while our galaxy contains at most a half a billion stars... And some on earth delude themselves that they are the center of Everything.

Humility: Andromeda’s actual size, not accounting for the fact it is 2.5 BILLION LIGHT YEARS away, compared with the moon's 238,000 MILES away. It contains a Trillion stars, while our galaxy contains at most a half a billion stars... And some on earth delude themselves that they are the center of Everything.

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The collision of Andromeda seen from Earth (Events depicted are in a time scale of millions of years)

The collision of Andromeda seen from Earth (Events depicted are in a time scale of millions of years)

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Andromeda Galaxy  To learn more about galaxies, check out Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/

Andromeda Galaxy To learn more about galaxies, check out Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/

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drained-colored by sewer-pancake on deviantART textures and andromeda galaxy from nasa

drained-colored by sewer-pancake on deviantART textures and andromeda galaxy from nasa

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The Andromeda Galaxy M 31

The Andromeda Galaxy M 31

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And there's so much more out there, out of sight, out of reach. And this is just ONE galaxy! Imagine how many, countless, more there are! Such an endless universe! So many possibilities! So many worlds and dreams...  To learn more about galaxies, check out Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/

And there's so much more out there, out of sight, out of reach. And this is just ONE galaxy! Imagine how many, countless, more there are! Such an endless universe! So many possibilities! So many worlds and dreams... To learn more about galaxies, check out Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/

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The immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, is captured in full in this new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE

The immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, is captured in full in this new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE

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Can you spot the Milky Way and its closest neighbor, Andromeda, in this stunning vertical panorama?

Can you spot the Milky Way and its closest neighbor, Andromeda, in this stunning vertical panorama?

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