The Andromeda Galaxy – M31

Jon Greif
Location of photo
Myyhill, NM USA remotely from La Jolla, CA USA
Date/Time of photo
October 3, 2018, at 0100 MDT
Takahashi 106 mm Refractor with Luminance, Red, Green and Blue Filters
The Andromeda Galaxy (M31), imaged last night, remotely, at the Mayhill, NM, observatory (just too cloudy here!), using a 106 mm Takahashi refractor and luminance, red, green and blue filters. M31 is approximately 2.5 million light year- from Earth, and the nearest major galaxy to our Milky Way. It is found in the constellation Andromeda, currently in our Northern sky most of the night. It is so big and bright that in a clear and moonless sky it can be seen with the naked eye. Two smaller galaxies are readily visible in this image, M32, above the left center of M31, and M110, below M31. M31 is a fascinating galaxy, with a double nucleus and a large central black hole. M31 is calculated to collide with our Milky Way in about 4.5 billion years, creating one giant elliptical galaxy.
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