The Earth's largest neighboring galaxy •

Last update: December 5th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA features the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31, which is located 2.5 million light-years from Earth.

The large spiral galaxy is the closest major galaxy to our Milky Way and was named for the constellation of Andromeda, in which it appears.

This image was captured by the NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA

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