The Andromeda Galaxy, December 10, 2007. Located about 2.5 million light years away the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31, is our nearest, large neighbour galaxy. From a rural location on a moonless night it's possible to see M31 with the unaided eye as a hazy patch of light. It has two elliptical companion galaxies known as M32 (which looks like a fuzzy star to the upper left of centre) and M110 (to the lower right.)
Our galaxy, the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy are travelling through space directly at each other, and in about two billion years the two will meet and begin to merge together.
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