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Andromeda galaxy

Date: 25 April 2018
Satellite: Gaia
Copyright: ESA/Gaia/DPAC, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

The Andromeda galaxy, or M31, the Milky Way's largest galactic neighbour, as viewed by ESA's Gaia satellite using information from the mission's second data release.

This view is not a photograph but was compiled by mapping the total density of stars detected by Gaia in each pixel of the image.

Acknowledgement: Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC); A. Moitinho / A. F. Silva / M. Barros / C. Barata, University of Lisbon, Portugal; H. Savietto, Fork Research, Portugal.

 
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Last Update: 15 November 2018

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