Nighttime Sky View of Future Galaxy Merger: Present Day

This is a nighttime view of the current sky, with the bright belt of our Milky Way. The Andromeda galaxy lies 2.5 million light-years away and looks like a faint spindle, several times the diameter of the full Moon.


NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), T. Hallas, and A. Mellinger

About the Image

Release date:6 May 2014, 15:48
Size:3600 x 2025 px

About the Object

Name:Andromeda Galaxy, Galaxy Collisions, M 31, Messier 31, Milky Way
Type:Milky Way
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Unspecified : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Milky Way

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