You may recall an earlier post which was a bumper sticker saying “Honk if you think Pluto is a planet.”
Well here is the latest on what was once an all but forgotten terrestrial neighbor, the Spiral Nebula.
This is the time of the year when Orion is most visible in the Southern sky. I can still pick out the dippers, casseopia, the pleides and a few other stars and planets. Here are some facts about the Great Spiral Nebula in the constellation Andromeda
Distance to Earth: 2,538,000 light years
Age: 9 billion years
Stars: 1 trillion
The nebula appears as a faint star in the Constellation Andromeda, barely visable to the naked eye and the light from those trillion stars left there 2.5 million years ago.
Look on my works ye mighty and dispair.