Andromeda galaxy (M31), infrared image

Andromeda galaxy (M31), infrared image

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Credit: JPL-CALTECH/D. BLOCK (ANGLO AMERICAN COSMIC DUST LAB, SA)/NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Andromeda galaxy. Infrared Spitzer Space Telescope image of the Andromeda galaxy (M31). Dust that is heated by stars is orange. Seen here is the intricate structure of the spiral arms and an unexpected hole in the galaxy's disk. The Andromeda galaxy measures 150,000 light years across and is located in the constellation Andromeda, around 2.5 million light years from Earth. It is the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way.

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Keywords: andromeda, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, closest, dust, galactic, hot dust, infrared, nearest, ngc 224.m31, nucleus, space, spiral arms, spiral galaxy, spitzer space telescope, star, stars

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