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Andromeda is the closest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way, located around 2.4 million light years away in the constellation Andromeda. It is surrounded by over two dozen satellite galaxies, one of which is a dwarf spheroidal galaxy named Andromeda II, which is less than one percent of the size of the Milky Way. - See more at: www.iflscience.com...
Dwarf satellite galaxies are thought to be remnants of the material that came together to form the giant galaxies they surround. While it makes sense that a disk of such dwarfs might emerge early after they formed, after a few orbits these dwarfs should veer off and live relatively independently, dispersing the disk in the process.
Other mysteries abound regarding this new discovery. For instance, this disk of dwarves appears tilted at about a 50-degree angle in relation to Andromeda's disk. It is unknown why that is.
Intriguingly, the Milky Way's pole apparently lines up with Andromeda's disk of dwarf galaxies. It remains unclear why that is as well.
Lots of action out in the void of space 2.4 million light years away!! "one light year", is about 6 trillion miles!! and this study is looking at our closest galaxy to us that's 2.4 million times 6 trillion miles... blows my mind lol!!
The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31 or as the Great Spiral Galaxy, is one of the most distant objects that the unaided human eye can see; it lies over 2.2 to 3 million light years away. Locating it the first time is a little tricky, but once you find it, it's hard to ever lose it again.
Note: The best time for finding the Andromeda galaxy is between August through late March, so if you're experiencing difficulties locating it, bookmark this page and try again later. Also, be aware that this is easier to find from the northern hemisphere than from the southern hemisphere.
...Lots of action out in the void of space 2.4 million light years away!! "one light year", is about 6 trillion miles!! and this study is looking at our closest galaxy to us that's 2.4 million times 6 trillion miles... blows my mind lol!!
How to Find the Andromeda Galaxy
I remember when you could see it with your naked eye. (when I was a kid at camp in Califorina)
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I do find, however, that it is somehow easier to see if I am not looking directly at it, but rather a bit to the side. If I look slightly away, but keep that area in my field of view, I can see Andromeda as a small and dim blurry blob. However, when I try to look directly at it, I find it is almost impossible to see.