Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy in one frame.

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13 Aug 2017 23:04 - +2259
This is a great shot. The fact that we can see the Andromeda Galaxy from 2.5 million light years away just drives home how mind-bogglingly huge that galaxy is, and how infinitesimally small our pale blue dot is. I love pictures like this.
13 Aug 2017 21:46 - +441
Taken with an 85 mm lens at f/2. Six pane mosaic, exposure time 60 seconds per pane. Minimal processing, mostly lens correction and curve adjustment. Example: [before](, [after](
14 Aug 2017 00:45 - +230
When you think about how many intelligent civilizations could exist within the Milky Way alone (hundreds of thousands), then realize that there are billions of galaxies, which equates to trillions and trillions of stars and potential habitable worlds, that number skyrockets to millions upon millions of possible intelligent civilizations. Imagine a species with similar intelligence and industrial development to ours in Andromeda, seeing our galaxy as it was over 3 million years ago, and wondering if any intelligent life exists here.
14 Aug 2017 00:46 - +167
It’s beyond me how our civilization refuses to make space a number 1 priority. It defies all logic.
14 Aug 2017 01:08 - +110
Makes me wonder if there's a photo from Andromeda showing the same view from the opposite perspective.
14 Aug 2017 00:56 - +64
Just booted up Mass Effect Andromeda as I saw this
14 Aug 2017 00:17 - +42
This makes me want to boot up Space Engine. Just look at the beauty around our own star and now imagine the beauty around the other 400 billion stars in our Milky Way alone. And right there, in that picture we have another entire galaxy staring us. It's just amazing!
14 Aug 2017 01:25 - +31
I love images like this because usually there's even more stuff visible if you take a closer look. [I had fun identifying some of the more prominent objects.]( The Heart and Soul Nebulas in the bottom right look great and you actually captured **4** satellites of the Andromeda Galaxy (M32, M110 *and* NGC 185 and NGC 147) plus many nebulas and star clusters. Nice job!
14 Aug 2017 01:05 - +30
The sheer size of the Andromeda Galaxy is quite hard to imagine. Even while traveling at 68 miles per second towards our own Milky Way, it won't be for another ~ 4 billion years before the Milkomeda (or Milkdromeda) galaxy will be created. Pictures like this, where the Andromeda seems so small, just go to show how large our universe is. I'd really like to thank OP for this amazing picture, which captures everything!
14 Aug 2017 01:00 - +22
I wish I could have been born in a time with personal spacecraft and FTL travel..... a new Wild West .....
14 Aug 2017 00:47 - +20
What blows my mind, is how dense the number of stars are in this picture. Even if you cut out a tiny piece of the picture, you would still have sooooo many stars.
14 Aug 2017 01:03 - +19
Technically, every image we have of Andromeda has the Milky Way in it.
14 Aug 2017 01:38 - +10
Call me a space noob but I'm confused as to how there is a picture of the milky way when we are in the milky way
14 Aug 2017 00:58 - +9
It's comin' right for us, and you shot it (presumably) out of self defence! Good shot.
14 Aug 2017 01:09 - +8
More than anything, I would love to see what Andromeda looks like from this vantage point in a few billion years.
14 Aug 2017 01:14 - +4
An alien civilization within the Andromeda galaxy is posting a picture of our galaxy, wondering if they're not alone.
14 Aug 2017 02:56 - +4
Did anyone else have an existential crisis just now?
14 Aug 2017 03:21 - +4
Every picture you have ever taken has been of the milky way...
14 Aug 2017 01:28 - +4
I want to go to there! All this space and no space ships... Elite dangerous Star Citizen.
14 Aug 2017 00:50 - +3
This might be a dumb question, but in this pic are we looking away from our galactic core?
14 Aug 2017 02:25 - +3
In a trillion years or so we will collide with that beast.
14 Aug 2017 00:36 - +3
This is gorgeous. I have always wanted to get a shot like this.
14 Aug 2017 01:26 - +3
[Gorillaz - Andromeda](
14 Aug 2017 01:44 - +2
I swear, Andromeda just keeps getting closer each year.
14 Aug 2017 02:40 - +2
i read somewhere a few years ago that we are on a collision course with Andromeda. course, nobody will likely be alive here to witness even the beginnings of that, but it's still something to think about
14 Aug 2017 01:48 - +2
Ya know I never understood how we could take a photo of the Galaxy we are actually a part of.
14 Aug 2017 02:57 - +2
Coming towards our galaxy faster than a bullet! Not that that's even remotely fast in terms of space and time.. But still, it's crazy to think we're on a head on collision course with THAT. Sadly(?) not a single one of us will be around to see that day.. Since it'll take roughly 4 billion years. But if you look up photos of what the night sky would look like from Earth once our galaxies have merged together, I sure am sad I won't be around to see it!
14 Aug 2017 03:01 - +2
At first I somehow thought it was a picture of Andromeda and the whole Milky Way. Then I quickly realized I'm a complete moron...
14 Aug 2017 04:26 - +1
It's been a couple of years since I've glimpsed Andromeda, but last night I pulled out the big binoculars..and I found it. Light left a galaxy 2 million years ago..and last night some of them entered my retinas.
14 Aug 2017 05:42 - +1
I'm sad that I have never seen a full sky of stars. :( Looks so pretty.
14 Aug 2017 05:46 - +1
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14 Aug 2017 03:56 - +1
Blows my mind that there is a great possibility that some civilization in Adromeda could have taken a similar picture. I like to think they have a Reddit too
14 Aug 2017 06:01 - +1
Are sights like this something common? Where I live I'm lucky only to see one or two stars in the sky at night because of light pollution.
14 Aug 2017 05:36 - +1
Imagine if somewhere in Andromeda a similar picture exists from that perspective that is being discussed right now.
14 Aug 2017 04:02 - +1
Humans should never be depressed because of their relative size in the universe. We are made up of the same materials as everything else in the universe but we have one additional quality. We are aware of the universes existence. We can see it and think about it. We are the universes eyes looking down at its body. We are the universes mind. We can create ideas without moving a single thing. A star is alive and very powerful, but it is not aware of its own existence. We are the soul of all that exists. The fact that you can be "depressed" or "happy" at all makes you an incalculably rare collection of organized matter.
14 Aug 2017 05:11 - +1
I find this illustration of [what Andromeda would look like in the sky if it were brighter]( quite mesmerizing!
14 Aug 2017 03:45 - +1
There is no way there is no other life out there. To think we're alone is just as ignorant as thinking the Sun revolves around the Earth.
14 Aug 2017 04:53 - +1
Funny thing is that the Andromeda galaxy is eventually going to collide with our galaxy. It's going to be a long time before it happens but the picture makes me think about what it will look like when it does.
14 Aug 2017 04:11 - +1
Then in a couple of billion years it'll be just one big ol Galaxy. Andromeda Way.
14 Aug 2017 05:11 - +1
Is this the galaxy thats supposed to collide with ours
14 Aug 2017 04:35 - +1
A geat shot of two celestial entities in the same frame from my D&D session today!
14 Aug 2017 03:32 - +1
Lol I was trying to find the milky way until I realized that the whole picture is the milky way

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