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Andromeda Galaxy: Location, Characteristics, and Images
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Andromeda Galaxy: Location, Characteristics, and Images

The Andromeda Galaxy (also called M31) is the most distant object you can see with your naked eye in the night sky. It’s also the closest spiral galaxy to the Earth. And it’s getting closer: It’s on a collision course with our galaxy, the Milky Way.

With more than a trillion stars and an unusual shape, there is a lot to discover about the Andromeda Galaxy.

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Andromeda Galaxy Photos

Andromeda Galaxy Photos

Check out this gallery of amazing photos that brings the Andromeda Galaxy up close, even though it lies 2.5 million light years from our planet! More...

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Space.com
How to Find the Andromeda Galaxy

How to Find the Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy is one of the most distant objects the unaided human eye can see. Find out how star-hopping can help you locate it in the night sky. More...

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Andromeda: Beauty and the Beast

Andromeda: Beauty and the Beast

Andromeda is the closest spiral galaxy to our own, but it isn’t the Milky Way’s twin. Find out what happened to create its funky shape. More...

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Hidden Universe Showcase
Andromeda: Stars in Your Eyes

Andromeda: Stars in Your Eyes

Can you imagine looking up at the night sky of a different galaxy? Join Dr. J on the Hubblecast to peer into the depths of Andromeda’s stars. More...

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Milky Way Galaxy’s Head-On Crash with Andromeda

Milky Way Galaxy’s Head-On Crash with Andromeda

Scientists predict that in billions of years the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies will collide and merge. Get a sneak peek of this cosmic collision through computer-modeled images. More...

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Space.com
Seeing in the Dark: Andromeda Galaxy

Seeing in the Dark: Andromeda Galaxy

Just a century ago, most astronomers believed that the Milky Way was the one and only galaxy in the universe. Find out how Andromeda and other galaxies were discovered. More...

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PBS
Take a ‘Swift’ Tour of the Andromeda Galaxy

Take a ‘Swift’ Tour of the Andromeda Galaxy

When looking at objects that are astronomically distant, visible light never tells the entire story. Explore new images from the Swift UV telescope and the most detailed view of the Andromeda Galaxy. More...

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NASA
Milky Way vs. Andromeda

Milky Way vs. Andromeda

Four billion years in the future, students just like you may be looking at a night sky ablaze with new stars. Discover why the collision of the Andromeda Galaxy with the Milky Way might lead to a starry baby boom. More...

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NASA

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