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    What is the closest galaxy to our own? How close is it?


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    Our galaxy is called the milky way, the next one out is Andromeda which can be seen by the naked eye in the northern sky, roughly in between the Square of Pegasus and cassieopia. Distance? I can't remember but you can look it up on Google.

    Edit: It would seem that the figure is around 2.5Mly. or....

    about 15,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles.

    and coming straight towards us at about 160miles per second!

    or 5 billion miles per year!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thamnophis
    What is the closest galaxy to our own? How close is it?
    Hi Thamnophis,
    The standard answer is Andromeda, but if you consider the Large and Small Megallanic Clouds as small satelite galaxies of the Milky Way, then they are ~ 150,000 ly or ~ 46 kpc.

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    Here is a list of our closest galaxies. I see that we have quite a few satellite galaxies; some probably have not been discovered. Even though it’s a satellite galaxy technically Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy is the closest galaxy to the Milky Way.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nearest_galaxies
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    Well looks like I was wrong! It seems Andromeda is the nearest giant spiral galaxy of comparable size to our own. Do any of these 'dwarf' or companion galaxies have black holes at the centre?
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