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How to find Andromeda – a spiral galaxy you can see with the naked eye


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How to find Andromeda – a spiral galaxy you can see with the naked eye

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 Space 11 December 2019 By Abigail Beall Mike Cavaroc, Free Roaming PhotographyWhat you need Binoculars THIS week, we are taking stargazing to the extreme to spot the most…

How to find Andromeda – a spiral galaxy you can see with the naked eye

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



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11 December 2019

By Abigail Beall

Andromeda galaxy

Mike Cavaroc, Free Roaming Photography

What you need

Binoculars

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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.

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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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