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Andromeda Galaxy: This is Milky Way´s beautiful sister in space, 2.6 million light years(LY) away, about 160000 LY in diameter, a thousand billion stars. Intelligent beings within Andromeda would have a similar sight viewing Milky Way, our cosmic home. Andromeda is accompanied by two companion galaxies, M110 to the lower left and M32 to the upper right of the center. Like Milky Way Andromeda has a very bright core, in the very center of it one or probably two gigantic black holes and also dark dust bands around the core with star generating areas in the spiral arms.

For an infrared picture from the Spitzer Space Telescope click here.

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Object Andromeda Galaxy
Category Galaxies
Designation M 031
Constellation Andromeda
Optics Vixen R200SS 8 inch f/4.6 with Televue Paracorr SBIG
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 4x10min (1x1 bin) each Astrodon True Balance RGB filterset, Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date Eningen, Germany - 27 July 2009
Remark Reprocessed 1.1.2018
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