That's completely inaccurate, however it would still be relatively large in the sky if it were visible.
Also, it's on a collision course with us, but it won't hit for millions of years, at which point, our galaxies will pass through each other, as the stars in each galaxy are so far apart
@Dr Rick Sanchez, I was thinking that it was way to big as well.
@Dr Rick Sanchez, I can confirm. I've read and seen videos on the topic. It's interesting, worth checking out.
@Dr Rick Sanchez, *my comment should read **mostly** pass through each other. We think a few stars will inevitably collide, but most will go by untouched
@Dr Rick Sanchez, however, with the right equipment you can get a good photo of the galaxy from earth. At its cheapest it's $3000 worth of equipment, a telescope, good camera, tracking mount and a couple other things... I'm an photographer working on deep space stuff, so this is kind of my forte. But seriously look up some pictures, it's really cool
@Dr Rick Sanchez, To clarify, they wont "pass through" each other... In a couple billion years when the galaxies "collide" they will tear each other's "structures" apart... They obviously arent one large object they are a culmination of billions of stars. But when they collide the stars in each will disrupt the stars around them with the new influx of grabity. The stars in each galaxy will flings around and contort the galactic shape. Massive amounts of gas will come together from each and form millions of new stars, and after many billions of years the two galactic cores will more or less orbit each other, if not merge, making a new center of mass for the stars to orbit. The mysterious Dark Matter of both galaxies would increase the overall mass of the new galaxy by much more than we'd see. Andromeda, already having "eaten" another galaxy in the past, would now have "eaten" ours... But this wont happen for like 5 billion years plus. At least in OUR reality, Mr. Sanchez. FREE RICK!!!!
@Dex the Lumberjack, on the other hand, the large and small mellangelic clouds are close enough to be fairly substantial in the southern hemisphere when photographed even using a normal lens.
@Dr Rick Sanchez, well mostly pass through at least. It will be similar to that famous radon being fired at gold leaf experiment that helped prove the structure of atoms
@Dr Rick Sanchez, ninth planet
@Dex the Lumberjack, I pretend to be an amateur photographer, do you have a site or Instagram to view or stuff? Just would like to see some space work!
@Dr Rick Sanchez, billions of years, to be more specific. Also, colliding gas from both galaxies is likely to ignite new stars, which will cause the night skies to fill with red and pink clouds of gas, illuminated by infant stars.
@Dr Rick Sanchez, but wouldn't the gravity join our galaxy's together assuming we don't completely collide? I ask because you seem like you know your stuff
@Cips, hahaha.... You said grabity
@Delta38 , I have a site. I don't have deep space stuff yet, I'm in the process still of buying equipment. It's imaginethesky.com if you're still interested.
@Cips, And depending on which side of the galaxy Earth is on, it will either be vaporized instantly or flung into space along with the rest of the solar system
@Cips, Gravity should be a word man.
@IQhunter, duck you auto correct!!! Grabity should be a word G rabbit tee
@Sir Unimpressive, well by then we will either have left earth or we would have vaporized earth ourselves long before that.
@Cips, I love space, so I decided to read more about this online. After reading your comment, I spent two more hours reading about the timeline of the future, Earth in the past, and what we think may happen. To sum up: shjt gets real crazy, real fast.
Secret tip: you can see more stars if you put your head in the microwave for 2 minutes
@Dragon Seme, 3 if you live in high altitude
@Dragon Seme, back in my day sonny it took 20 minutes in the oven set to broil. You had to a lot tougher than these latté sipping hipsters.
No not at all. Some people can see Andromeda from earth with dark enough skies and its smaller. However in a few billion years it will look even larger than the pic due to the fact that it's gonna rek our shjt
I've been there.
@Space Hobo, I think I've seen you there before
Mass Effect pls.
Size of your mom in the sky
I'm pretty sure this is false, but I'm no scientist
@princess vegeta , no it actually is very large in the sky (at least in proportion to other objects). Light pollution makes it impossible to see with the naked eye and it still is far away and the light from the Milky Way does make it harder to see still
@TheOfficialKnightVision, don't you fvcking diss astronomy you pathetic little cvnt
@Screw YOLO, I'm not dissing astronomy I'm dissing the fact that an app called funny pics is posting unfunny pics, I myself actually love astronomy
@TheOfficialKnightVision, yeah just messin w/ you :)
M31, ladies n' gentlemen. One of the most beautiful objects in the catalogue (excluding M104, my personal favorite)
Ur dimples make me pee
It's so dim because it didn't last as a show
Aint that neato