Measuring the Drift of the Andromeda Galaxy

Measuring the Drift of the Andromeda Galaxy

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News release ID: STScI-2012-20
Release Date: May 31, 2012
Image Use: Copyright
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This illustration shows one of the regions in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy where astronomers aimed the Hubble Space Telescope to make precise measurements of the galaxy's lateral motion. As the galaxy drifts through space, the stars will appear to uniformly move against the far-more-distant background galaxies, which remain fixed on the sky.

Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Infographics, Interacting Galaxies, Spiral Galaxies


Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild and R. van der Marel (STScI)