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ANDROMEDA GALAXY SECRETS: 10 facts to change your mind

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Space always attracts our attention. Especially objects that can be seen by the naked eye. Such as the Andromeda Galaxy. Its extra weight must be in the form of dark matter, an invisible substance thought to bind galaxies together with its gravity. It is about the same size as the Milky Way and thought to contain twice as much dark matter as our galactic home. But what do we definitely know about the closest galaxy to the Milky Way?

We at “Smart is the new sexy” collected several interesting facts that can change your opinion about that space object. Let’s start from the basic information:

Designation: M31 or NGC 224
Type: Spiral
Diameter: 220,000 ly
Distance: 2.54 Mly
Mass: 1,230 billion M☉
Number of Stars: 1 trillion
Constellation: Andromeda
Group: Local Group

The Andromeda Galaxy is the closest large galaxy to the Milky Way and can be seen by the naked eye on a clear night in the northern hemisphere. There are a trillion stars here! Can you even imagine that?

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