Finding Andromeda

Traveling at the speed of light for 2,538,000 years you would reach our closest galaxy, Andromeda. To put it simply – moving at 186,000 miles per second for over two and a half million years, covering a distance of 15,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles.

If you happen to be in the northern hemisphere and want to try finding Andromeda – now is the perfect time. Attempting Andromeda within cities or urban areas is futile – Andromeda requires the darkest of darkest skies.

Look to the eastern sky around 9 PM and locate the Great Square of Pegasus. Think of Alpheratz as 3rd base – draw an imaginary line between first and third base – that line points towards Andromeda.

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Next allow your eye to adjust and find two “streamers” to the north (left) of Alpheratz. Streamers being “lines” of brighter stars. These “streamers” form constellation Andromeda. Find Mirach – the brightest star along the bottom line, let your eye draw a line between Mirach and the star Mu in the “streamer” above – keep going about the same distance above Mu, and say hello to Andromeda.  I won’t promise a jaw dropping spectacle – more like a fuzzy smudge.
Finding Andromeda isn’t about razzamatazz. Even if you fail – the act of finding two and a half million year old light from another galaxy, is worth the effort.
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3 thoughts on “Finding Andromeda

    • Precisely why it makes me so happy – lacking practical frames of reference – numbers like these just roll in one ear and out the other. – too much to process.Toss in the knowledge Andromeda is but one galaxy amongst millions – start scraping brains off the floor 🙂

  1. Only 2.5 million? Sheesh, that’s a walk in the park.
    And to think, we’ve had the frigging Crispyuns’ telling us the end is just around the corner for a whole 2 thousand years.
    Lol…

    I’ll have a look tonight … with my bendy telescope! 😉

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