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Andromeda Galaxy



  Jun 15, 2024

Andromeda Galaxy



What is the Andromeda Galaxy?
The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 (M31), is the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way and is the other major member of the Local Group. It is a barred spiral galaxy, similar to the Milky Way.

How far is the Andromeda Galaxy?
The Andromeda Galaxy is about 2.5 million light years away from Earth.

Can you see the Andromeda Galaxy from Earth?
The Andromeda Galaxy is visible to the naked eye from Earth in dark skies, without a telescope. It appears as a faint, fuzzy patch.

Is Andromeda bigger than the Milky Way?
The Andromeda Galaxy is larger than the Milky Way in terms of distance, but the two galaxies are roughly comparable in mass.

Will the Andromeda Galaxy collide with the Milky Way?
The Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way are slowly drifting towards each other and will likely collide in about 4.5 billion years. The collision will probably form a huge elliptical galaxy.

Will the collision affect Earth?
The collision between the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way will likely have a minimal impact on Earth and the solar system. The stars are so far apart that any sort of collision is extremely unlikely.




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