Alt. Designations: NGC 224
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Andromeda
Distance: 2900 kly
Right Ascension: 00h 42m 44.3s
Declination: +41° 16´ 08"
Visual Magnitude: 3.5
Apparent Dimension: 189.1´ x 61.7´
Best Month To View: Oct

Located in the constellation Andromeda can be found M31, the famous Andromeda Galaxy. This spectacular object is a spiral galaxy similar to our own Milky Way. At a distance of only 2 million light-years, it is one of the closest galaxies to our own. Its enormous diameter of 200,000 light-years gives it a visual magnitude of 3.5, making it the brightest galaxy in the sky and the only galaxy visible to the naked eye. It can easily be seen with binoculars, and telescopes will bring out some of the galaxy's detail.