Universe  ID: 30990

Andromeda Galaxy in Visible and Infrared

Andromeda is the nearest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way, around 2.5 million light-years away. Once thought to be a twin of our galaxy, its different structure is very evident in infrared light. While it is a spiral galaxy, its dust falls largely in a huge ring structure, possibly caused by gravitational interactions with its smaller satellite galaxies.

Optical: This is the classic visible view of the Andromeda Galaxy
Infrared: Andromeda's dust ring stands out in the infrared



Greg Bacon (STScI): Visualizer
Karl Gordon (The University of Arizona): Image Processing
Leann Johnson (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Technical Support
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Video: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
Image Credits:
  • Optical: NOAO, AURA/NSF
  • Infrared: NASA, JPL-Caltech, K. Gordon (University of Arizona)

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National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
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