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Look Up! Andromeda Will Be Visible To The Naked Eye This Weekend

Go into your backyard about 20:30 p.m. EST or thereabouts this weekend and you can see the most incredible thing – the Andromeda Galaxy – one of the farthest objects visible to the naked eye. If you know where to look. Locating the ‘other ‘ major galaxy in our Local Group is an exercise in stargazing on a grand scale, and the beginning of fall is absolutely the best time to take a look at it.

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That applies to both naked eyes observing and when using binoculars, though if you are looking at the Andromeda galaxy through a telescope, look slightly to the left or right of it, depending on which eye you’re observing with.

Artwork of the Milky Way Galaxy colliding with the Andromeda Galaxy in 6 billion years time. You’re looking at the combined light of a trillion stars. If that’s not bright enough for you, know that the Andromeda Galaxy is headed straight for us at 250,000 miles per second and will eventually dominate the entire night sky. Sadly, that’s not going to happen for 3.75 billion years …