Andromeda in the Earth’s sky

Andromeda in the Earth's sky

How to find Andromeda Galaxy in the sky? It is best seen during autumn nights in the Northern Hemisphere. First, you have to find a really dark place, far from the city lights in a dark, moonless night. Evening is an ideal time. Then, look to the east. You’ll need to find the “Great Square of Pegasus”, a large square pattern of stars. The four stars of the square are a conspicuous sight in the autumn night sky. Then, follow the stars from the top left corner of the square towards the star Mirach (Beta Andromedae). Then, jump to the star above Mirach – it is Mu Andromedae (μ Andromedae). Andromeda galaxy is very close to it in the sky, approximately at one o’clock direction.

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