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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.

Object Andromeda Galaxy
Category Galaxies
Designation M 031
Constellation Andromeda
Optics TMB 80 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 23 x 5min IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration No dark and flat frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 130 as Guide Scope, Guiding Software: Maxim DL
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Eningen, Germany - 6 August 2007
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