With the fall season approaching this weekend, this is a great time to introduce you to one of the most amazing objects in all of our yearly skies. This is the season to look at another galaxy, well beyond our own Milky Way, one which is known as the Andromeda Galaxy. This amazing object is actually visible to the naked eye from the darkest of skies and may appear as a little smudge of light. That smudge is a massive galaxy, much larger than our own.
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Spot the Andromeda Galaxy Overhead This Week | Space
By Abigail Beall. THIS week, we are taking stargazing to the extreme to spot the most distant object it is possible to see with the naked eye: the Andromeda galaxy. This spiral galaxy is named after the nearby constellation of Andromeda. This makes it the closest major galaxy, and the closest spiral galaxy, to our own.
How to find Andromeda – a spiral galaxy you can see with the naked eye
This has been called into question by a study that cited a lower estimate on the mass of the Andromeda Galaxy,  combined with preliminary reports on a study estimating a higher mass of the Milky Way. The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are expected to collide in around 4. He referred to it in his Book of Fixed Stars as a "nebulous smear". Star charts of that period labeled it as the Little Cloud.
The most distant object in space that we can see with our unaided eyes, the Andromeda Galaxy, is located more than 2 million light-years away — but you can see it in the early evening night sky this autumn. Step outside this week and look high overhead at around p. As recently as the early s, astronomers quarreled about whether this and other spiral "nebulas" were part of our own system of stars, which we call the Milky Way, or if they were "island universes" — that is, independent stellar systems of their own.