"The Farthest Thing in the Universe You Can See with the Naked Eye"

Scheduled air date: 2000 Oct 30-05


High overhead at this time of year, the constellation Pegasus—a mythological winged horse—can be seen in the evening sky.  And located about half-way between the Great Square of Pegasus and the smaller constellation of Cassiopiea (the red "M" pattern above), is the Andromeda Galaxy.
(Shown about 8:00pm the first week of November for mid-Northern latitudes.)


At a distance of 2.5 million light years, the Andromeda Galaxy—also known as M31—is the farthest object visible to the unaided eye.
(North is toward the bottom in both images.)

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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