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The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

The great spiral galaxy in Andromeda lies 2.9 million light years away from us. Several galaxies near to us form the "local group". These are the galaxies in our neighborhood that are gravitationaly bound to each other. M31 is the largest of our "nearby" neighbors. This galaxy is easily seen with the naked eye and spans several arc minutes of the sky (several times the width of the moon's disc).


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Kodak PPF, 300mm FL, F4.5, 35 minute exposure