TONY WARD, TETBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY WARD, TETBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
False-colour optical photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) & its two dwarf elliptical satellite galaxies: NGC 205 (top right), & M32 or NGC 221 (seen as the bright spot immediately below & on the edge of Andromeda itself). Andromeda is a spiral galaxy some 2.2 million light years from our own galaxy, the Milky Way. It measures some 170,000 light years across & is the largest of the nearby galaxies, being visible as a faint patch with the naked eye. Together with the Milky Way, Andromeda is one of the largest & most important members of the Local Group of galaxies. The amateur photograph was taken with a 20cm (8-inch) Schmidt camera. Taken 24 Sep 1987 with 8-inch Schmidt camera.
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