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Our Galactic Neighbor
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Our Galactic Neighbor 

The Andromeda Galaxy shimmers in splendor in this view taken by skywatchers Adam Block and Tim Puckett.

Also known as Messier 31 (M31), Andromeda sits some two million light-years from our own Milky Way, and will ultimately slam into our home galaxy in the distant future.

Block and Puckett used an Apogee U9000 camera and Televue 127 telescope to capture this vie of the Andromeda Galaxy. They spent a total of about 22 hours observing the object.

“The variation of the theme for this image is the color,” Block told SPACE.com. “I tried to bring out the color as much as possible... but keep everything faithful and true.”

-- Tariq Malik

Credit: Adam Block and Tim Puckett

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