The Andromeda Galaxy...
Jewel Of The Andromeda Constellation
The Andromeda constellation contains the Andromeda galaxy,
the most distant object visible with the naked eye.
M31 the Andromeda galaxy is a wide spiral galaxy. Use low
magnification and a wide angle view to observe it.
Remember this though, Andromeda is 2.9 million light years
away. When we look at it we see it as it was 2.9 million
years ago, not as it is now. It's a look into the past.
M32 and NGC205 are galaxies located nearby also.
Open star cluster NGC752 is visible without optics but becomes quite a bevy of stars with a telescope.
NGC891 can be seen as a spiral galaxy in a 4.5inch(112.5mm)
The Blue Snowball nebula(NGC7662),is a planetary nebula visible
in small telescopes. At higher magnifications the blue disk
becomes very easy to see.
The Mythology Behind The Constellation Andromeda
Andromeda is the beautiful daughter of Queen
and King Cepheus.
Cassiopeia boasted of her beauty
and angered the sea nymphs. Poseidon sent the
creature Cetus to destroy their land.
In order to save their country Cassiopeia and Cepheus
were told they had to sacrifice Andromeda.
After being chained to a rock to await her fate at the
hands of Cetus, Andromeda was saved by her future
Viewing The Beauty That Is Andromeda
Right Ascension: 1 hour
Declination: 40 degrees
Visible between latitudes 90 and -40 degrees
Best seen in November (at 9:00 PM)
ALPHERATZ (Alpha And)
MIRACH (Beta And)
ALMAAK (Gamma 1 And)
Adhil (Xi And)
Andromeda is a V-shaped constellation surrounded
by her family. Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Perseus
are all near-by.
As is Triangulum. Andromeda also shares a star
with the flying horse
The princess' head is the star Alpheratz which
is one of the corner stars in the Great Square
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