The Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest spiral galaxy at a distance of 2.2 million light years. Tilted 12 degrees from edge on to our line of sight and being near by galactic standards M31 reveals itself in all its glorious detail in this 40-image mosaic. From central bright nucleas to the outer spiral arms packed with star clouds and distant nebulas one can feast on the exciting detail visible in this high resolution image. The data for the image was acquired over two months and required 50 hours of exposure time to complete

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