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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The Andromeda Galaxy . also known as Messier 31 , M 31 , or NGC 224 , is spiral galaxy approximately , 780 kiloparsecs  , 2.5 , million light years , from Earth . It is the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way and was often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts . name from the area of the sky in which it appears , the constellation of Andromeda which was named after the mythological princess Andromeda Being approximately 220,000 light years across:

The Andromeda Galaxy . also known as Messier 31 , M 31 , or NGC 224 , is spiral galaxy approximately , 780 kiloparsecs , 2.5 , million light years , from Earth . It is the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way and was often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts . name from the area of the sky in which it appears , the constellation of Andromeda which was named after the mythological princess Andromeda Being approximately 220,000 light years across:

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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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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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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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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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10 Galaxies and Weird Facts | Astronomy Is Awesome

10 Galaxies and Weird Facts | Astronomy Is Awesome

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The Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy

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Galaxies light up the night sky in amazing cosmic vista   Can you spot the Milky Way and its closest neighbor, Andromeda, in this stunning vertical panorama?

Galaxies light up the night sky in amazing cosmic vista Can you spot the Milky Way and its closest neighbor, Andromeda, in this stunning vertical panorama?

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