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Each week most PBS stations air Star Gazer with Jack Horkheimer, the world's first and only weekly TV series on naked-eye astronomy. The images on this page illustrate the show for the week of Monday, October 30, 2000.

The Farthest Thing In The Universe You Can See With The Naked Eye

The month of November finds the Andromeda Galaxy high in the eastern sky in the evening, sandwiched between the W of Cassiopeia and the Great Square of Pegasus. This picture is taken about an hour after sunset. As the night moves on, Andromeda will climb higher in the sky towards the zenith.

As we zoom in to look at Andromeda through a pair of binoculars, the fuzzy patch begins to resolve itself into a distinct object.

Zooming in even closer shows the Andromeda Galaxy in all its glory, along with two smaller galaxies, M110 and M32. These galaxies are satellites of Andromeda, much like the Magellanic Clouds are satellites of our Milky Way galaxy.


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