Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Andromeda Wide-Field

This wide-field image of the nearby Andromeda Galaxy (M31) was taken with my Canon DSLR and a 200mm telephoto lens. It clearly shows the dust lanes, and two satellite galaxies in orbit around the bigger Andromeda Galaxy. The obvious small galaxy (M110) is visible to the upper left of Andromeda. The smaller one is the bright yellowish glob directly to the right of the nucleus, with a bright bluish star close by, on the edge of the galactic disk. Our Galaxy has two similar galaxies in orbit, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. They are not visible in the Northern Hemisphere, you will have to take a trip down south to see them.

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