The Andromeda Galaxy

The most distant object normally visible to the naked eye, this galaxy appears as a faint misty patch, elongated because it is tilted at an angle to us. Binoculars reveal more of its extent, and through telescopes signs of its spiral arms can be traced.

features of interest

GAMMA (y) andromedae 5 A showpiece double star consisting of an orange giant star of magnitude 2.3 with a contrasting blue companion of magnitude 4.8, easily divided with small telescopes.

M31 (THE ANDROMEDA GALAxy) 2 1 5 A huge spiral galaxy about 2.5 million light-years away, similar in size and nature to our own galaxy.

NGC 752 H 5 An open star cluster visible through binoculars and spread over an area larger than a full moon. Small telescopes are needed to resolve its individual stars, which are of 9th magnitude and fainter.

NGC 7662 (The Blue sNOwBALL) 5 One of the easiest planetary nebulae to see. Through a small telescope with low magnification it looks like a bright blue star, but higher powers clearly show its disk shape.

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