The Andromeda Galaxy (also known as M31, or NGC 224 and often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula) is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. It is the nearest spiral galaxy to our own, the Milky Way. As it is visible as a faint smudge on a moonless night, it is one of the farthest objects visible to the naked eye, and can be seen even from urban areas with binoculars.

Images by Simon Dawes

M31 2010 Simon Dawes Kelling Heath

Images by Julian Tworek

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Julian Tworek M31 Image

Images by Martin Crow

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Kelling Heath 2012 M31 Martin Crow