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In a galaxy far, far away......

This is M31 the Andromeda galaxy. At 2.5 million light years away it is the furthest object that can be easily seen by the naked eye and it's existence has been known for over a thousand years.

 

Now it is headed our way.

 

In about 4 billion years it will collide with our own Milky way to produce a new combined giant elliptical galaxy. Until then we can just enjoy the view.

 

This image was taken with a small (80mm) telescope about 10 feet from my back door. Want to know how it’s done? This is a good place to start - astrobackyard.com/.

 

 

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Uploaded on March 13, 2020