Measuring the Drift of the Andromeda Galaxy

This illustration shows one of the regions in the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy where astronomers aimed the Hubble Space Telescope to make precise measurements of the galaxy's lateral motion. As the galaxy drifts through space, the stars will appear to uniformly move against the far-more-distant background galaxies, which remain fixed on the sky.


NASA, ESA, and A. Feild and R. van der Marel (STScI)

About the Image

Release date:6 May 2014, 15:33
Size:3000 x 2090 px

About the Object

Name:Andromeda Galaxy, M 31, Messier 31
Type:Milky Way
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting

Image Formats

Large JPEG
1.2 MB
Screensize JPEG
165.4 KB


Also see our

Accelerated by CDN77