Optical photo of Andromeda Galaxy & its companions

Optical photo of Andromeda Galaxy & its companions

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Credit: RONALD ROYER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Optical photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy (also known as M31 and NGC 224) and its two companion galaxies: NGC 205 (top right) and NGC 221 or M32 (lower centre). Andromeda is the largest of the Local Group of galaxies, which includes our own Milky Way galaxy: its full diameter is nearly 150,000 light years and it contains some 300 million stars. The two companion galaxies are elliptical, made up of old red stars.

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Keywords: amateur astrophoto, andromeda, andromeda galaxy, astronomy, cosmology, elliptical galaxy, galactic, galaxy, m31, m32, ngc 205, ngc 221, ngc 224, optical astronomy, science

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