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The Andromeda Galaxy will be the most incredible thing you see this weekend
Anyone who ventures out into their backyard at the weekend will be greeted with the most incredible thing they could possibly see, the Andromeda Galaxy.
The Andromeda Galaxy Is Stunning and Easy To Find
At about 20: 30 p.m EST what is one of the farthest objects away that is visible to the naked eye, the Andromeda Galaxy will be visible. However, you are going to have to know in which direction to look.
On saying this, it is easier to find the Andromeda Galaxy than some of the other major galaxies in the Local Group. Finding these is much more difficult to the average person. Luckily the start of fall is the perfect time to get a glimpse of one of the most stunning galaxies out there.
The Andromeda Galaxy is the one that has been photographed many times by NASA with photographs being posted online. However, this weekend provides people with the perfect chance to see it with their very own eyes and it is well worth capturing a glimpse of it.
Locating the Andromeda Galaxy
To find the Andromeda Galaxy look towards the east where it will be rising in the sky just after dusk sets it. An easy way to locate it is to get to know the two constellations that lie to either side of it, these are Cassiopeia and Pegasus. Looking to the east the Great Square of Pegasus should be above the horizon in a type of diamond pattern.
It will have four stars that are very bright, with the furthest to the left being Alperatz, which takes around 97 light years to reach. Turn north-east and the Cassiopeia constellation should be there in a W shape. Look at the V shape on the right-hand side which will be nearer to the Great Square. The shape should be pointing directly at the Andromeda Galaxy.
If the sky is particular dark with not a great deal of artificial light, finding the galaxy is easier. In this instance, it is usually possible to see it with the naked eye.
What is amazing is that the Andromeda Galaxy is heading towards Earth at 250,000 miles each second. This means it will take over the whole of the night sky eventually, but this is something that will not occur for 3.75 billion years.
The Andromeda Galaxy is 2,538,000 Light Years from Earth
There are an estimated two trillion galaxies out there in the universe but the Andromeda Galaxy is the easiest to see not to mention the most stunning of all the galaxies.
It is the closest major spiral galaxy to the Milky Way galaxy, yet it is a distance of 2,538,000 light years away from the Earth. If anyone were traveling to the Andromeda Galaxy it would take 2.5 million years to reach it, providing, of course, people were even able to travel at the speed of light.
The Andromeda Galaxy is very much like our own galaxy. It has been used as a reference point for astronomers who study the Milky Way. The Andromeda Galaxy offers people the opportunity to be able to see their own galaxy in its entire entirety, which is something that cannot be done with the Milky Way due to the fact we are in it.
As people cannot travel at the speed of light nor last 2.5 million years to do so, the weekend provides the best chance to see the Andromeda Galaxy as close-up as they will ever get. Anyone who doesn’t own a telescope should not be downhearted as the galaxy can also be seen, albeit not as up-close and personal, using a cheap pair of binoculars or even with the naked eye.
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