The Milky Way’s Dancing Partner

M31

M31,The Great Nebula of Andromeda
Sketch and Sketch Information by Rajda Krzysztof

This wonderful sketch of M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, was submitted by
Polish amateur astronomer Rajda Krzysztof. At a distance of nearly 2 million
light years, it is one of the few galaxies that can be seen with the naked eye.
M31 is on a collision course with the Milky Way and in several billion years
the two galaxies will undergo radical transformations as they play out the
dance of coalescence. Rajda’s sketch is exquisite, note how the
dark dust lanes are represented so subtly.

Sketch information:
Obiect name: M31 galaxy
Scope:ATM truss dobs 300/1500
Place:Poland,Brze┼║no
Seeing- 4/5
Date and time:02.11.2008r,8:00PM(20:00)
Technique:Pencil,graphics GIMP2
Amateur astronomer: Rajda Krzysztof (Poland)

One thought on “The Milky Way’s Dancing Partner”

  1. Rajda,

    This is a most impressive sketch of the eyepiece visible features of the middle section of this great galaxy.

    Frank

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