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Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224, is a spiral galaxy approximately 780 kiloparsecs (2.5 million light-years) from Earth, and the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Its name stems from the area of the sky in which it appears, the constellation of Andromeda.

The 2006 observations by the Spitzer Space Telescope revealed that the Andromeda Galaxy contains approximately one trillion stars, more than twice the number of the Milky Way’s estimated 200 to 400 billion stars. The Andromeda Galaxy, spanning approximately 220,000 light-years, is the largest galaxy in our Local Group, which is also home to the Triangulum Galaxy and other minor galaxies. The Andromeda Galaxy’s mass is estimated to be around 1.76 times that of the Milky Way Galaxy (~0.8-1.5×1012 solar masses vs the Milky Way’s 8.5×1011 solar masses).

The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are expected to collide in ~4.5 billion years, merging to form a giant elliptical galaxy or a large disc galaxy. With an apparent magnitude of 3.4, the Andromeda Galaxy is among the brightest of the Messier objects — making it visible to the naked eye on moonless nights, even when viewed from areas with moderate light pollution. — Wikipedia

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  • Formation and evolution of massive binaries may...
    on June 17, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    A research team led by Prof. Qian Shengbang and Ph.D. student Li Fuxing from the Yunnan Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has found that the formation and evolution of the massive binaries in the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy (M31) may share the same mechanism.

  • New images using data from retired telescopes...
    on June 16, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    New images using data from ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA missions showcase the gas and dust that fill the space between stars in four of the galaxies closest to our own Milky Way. More than striking, the snapshots are also a scientific trove, lending insight into how dramatically the density of dust clouds can vary within a galaxy.

  • Tracing the remnants of Andromeda's violent...
    on June 13, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    A detailed analysis of the composition and motion of more than 500 stars has revealed conclusive evidence of an ancient collision between Andromeda and a neighboring galaxy. The findings, which improve our understanding of the events that shape galaxy evolution, were presented by Carnegie's Ivanna Escala Monday at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

  • Spinning stars shed new light on strange signal...
    on April 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have found an alternative explanation for a mysterious gamma-ray signal coming from the center of the galaxy, which was long claimed as a signature of dark matter.

  • Scientists find elusive gas from post-starburst...
    on April 25, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Scientists have discovered that post-starburst galaxies condense their gas rather than expelling it, begging the question: What's actually keeping them from forming stars?

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