The Andromeda Galaxy, M31, with dwarf satellite galaxies M32 and M110

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The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or NGC 224. To learn more about galaxies, check out #Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/

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The collision of Andromeda seen from Earth (Events depicted are in a time scale of millions of years)

The collision of Andromeda seen from Earth (Events depicted are in a time scale of millions of years)

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drained-colored by sewer-pancake on deviantART textures and andromeda galaxy from nasa

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Andromeda Galaxy To learn more about galaxies, check out Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/

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Humility: Andromeda’s actual size, not accounting for the fact it is 2.5 BILLION LIGHT YEARS away, compared with the moon's 238,000 MILES away. It contains a Trillion stars, while our galaxy contains at most a half a billion stars... And some on earth delude themselves that they are the center of Everything.

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Photographer Sandro Casutt shoots incredible images of the Andromeda Galaxy and nebulae from his tiny Swiss village of Vals.

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The immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, is captured in full in this new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE

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And there's so much more out there, out of sight, out of reach. And this is just ONE galaxy! Imagine how many, countless, more there are! Such an endless universe! So many possibilities! So many worlds and dreams... To learn more about galaxies, check out Astronomy Is Awesome - http://astronomyisawesome.com/galaxies/whats-the-closest-galaxy-to-us/

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Can you spot the Milky Way and its closest neighbor, Andromeda, in this stunning vertical panorama?

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