Wide-field view of the Andromeda Galaxy

This ground-based image shows the full extent of the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or M 31. The Andromeda Galaxy appears very large in the sky — several times the size of the full Moon (although much fainter). Hubble is designed to make highly detailed observations of much smaller patches of sky: the space telescope’s observations of the Andromeda Galaxy show individual stars and clusters rather than the broad spiral structure visible here. Wide-field images like this one give a broad overview.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

About the Image

Id:heic1112f
Type:Observation
Release date:21 July 2011, 10:00
Related releases:heic1112
Size:21299 x 13775 px

About the Object

Name:Andromeda Galaxy, Messier 31
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:2 million light years
Constellation:Andromeda

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 43 0.56
Position (Dec):41° 15' 34.71"
Field of view:361.93 x 234.08 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.9° left of vertical

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BandTelescope
Optical
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DSS
Optical
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DSS

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