Andromeda Galaxy Facts

Andromeda Galaxy Facts
The Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy that is located about 2.5 million light years away from Earth. Although the Andromeda is extremely far, it can be seen with the naked eye. In fact, Andromeda is the farthest thing in the universe that we can see with the naked eye.
Interesting Andromeda Galaxy Facts:
The Andromeda Galaxy is bigger than the Milky Way Galaxy.
During the 17th century, astronomers thought that Andromeda was a portion of the Milky Way.
Because of the similarities, observations of the Andromeda are how astronomers make assumptions about the Milky Way.
The Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way Galaxy are being drawn closer and closer together.
Andromeda is 260,000 light years long.
Although the Milky Way has more mass, Andromeda is considered to be the largest galaxy.
The Andromeda Galaxy is a part of a cluster of galaxies called the Local Group.
The Milky Way will merge with Andromeda in roughly 5 billion years.
The Andromeda Galaxy is located inside of the Andromeda Constellation which can be seen in the northern sky.
Andromeda is also called Messier 31 or M31 and the Great Andromeda Nebula by astronomers.
The Andromeda Galaxy gets its name from the mythological princess Andromeda.
There are roughly one trillion stars in the Andromeda Galaxy.
Scientists believe that about 5 to 9 million years ago small galaxies collided and created Andromeda.
The Local Group which includes Andromeda contains 30 total galaxies.
Some scientists predict that our Sun could one day move and become a part of the Andromeda Galaxy.


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