Saturday, November 12, 2022
Seeing stars in ANOTHER GALAXY... 2.5 million light years away!
Seeing stars in ANOTHER GALAXY... 2.5 million light years away! (image captured from Las Cruces) The center of this image (a group of blue stars) is NGC 206 ... which lies within M31 - Andromeda Galaxy. Do you see those tiny blue dots in the center of NGC 206? Some of those are individual stars that are in Andromeda (a galaxy 2.5 Million Light Years away from us!). Along with the individual stars, you can see the massive arms/dustlanes of M31, as well as some huge emission nebula areas (red areas) also in M31 throughout the image. The "other stars" you see around this image are foreground stars, that is, they are stars within our own Milky Way Galaxy. I captured this from my backyard here in Las Cruces using TOA-130F scope, EM200 mount, QSI 690wsg camera on 28 Oct 2022.