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Optical image of Cassiopeia and Andromeda


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Optical image of Cassiopeia and Andromeda

Cassiopeia and Andromeda. Optical image of the constellations of Cassiopeia and Andromeda. Cassiopeia is the wide " W" shape of five stars at upper centre. Andromeda is represented by the brighter stars in lower frame. The famous Andromeda galaxy (M31) can be seen as a smudge of light with a white nucleus at lower right. This is our nearest spiral galaxy, and is the largest in the " local group". It lies around 2 million light years away. The Milky Way, part of our own galaxy, passes through Cassiopeia, seen as a bluish band of light against the black of space. North is at top

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This print showcases the stunning beauty of the constellations Cassiopeia and Andromeda. In this optical image, Cassiopeia appears as a distinctive "W" shape formed by five stars at the upper center, while Andromeda is represented by brighter stars in the lower frame. However, what truly steals the spotlight is the famous Andromeda galaxy (M31), visible as a smudge of light with a white nucleus at the lower right. As our nearest spiral galaxy and part of the "local group, " Andromeda lies an astonishing 2 million light years away from us. Its grandeur and size are awe-inspiring, making it a subject of fascination for astronomers and cosmology enthusiasts alike. The Milky Way, our very own galaxy, gracefully passes through Cassiopeia in this image. It manifests as a mesmerizing bluish band of light against space's infinite blackness. The composition beautifully captures both celestial wonders together in one frame. This remarkable print from Science Photo Library invites viewers to delve into the mysteries of our universe and contemplate its vastness. Whether you're passionate about science or simply appreciate breathtaking cosmic imagery, this piece will undoubtedly captivate your imagination and transport you to distant corners of our cosmos.

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