M31 The Andromeda Galaxy - 9.09.2005
Image Capture Details

Optics:  Orion ED80
Mount: Meade
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Exposure:  80 Minutes
Location: Waldwick, NJ
Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these
two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that
compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the
background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is
so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there.
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