About the Image
About the Object
- Andromeda Galaxy • Messier 31 • M31 • NGC 224
- Galaxy > Type > Spiral
- 2,500,000 Light Years
- Position (J2000)
- RA = 0h 42m 44.3s
- Dec = 41° 16' 6.2"
- Field of View
- 2.8 x 0.8 degrees
- North is 53.0° left of vertical
This images shows the view of Andromeda at visible wavelengths, highlighting the starlight in the galaxy. The center of the galaxy in this view is dominated by a large bulge that overwhelms the inner spirals seen in dust. The dust lanes are faintly visible in places, but only where they can be seen in silhouette against background stars.
This is a false-color image created from KPNO visible-light data where B-band light is represented as blue, V-band light as green and R-band light as red.
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