A Spiral’s Inner Dust Lane

Messier 31
Messier 31

Object: M31 Andromeda Galaxy
Object type: spiral galaxy
Location: La Verne, CA
Date: 9-16-12
Media: white computer paper, No.2 pencil, pen

Naked eye 1x- Just seen as a faint elongated smudge. Core is obvious
41x- Very bright, extremely large and has 3 levels of brightness. M110 is easily seen at 7:00, as well as stellar M32 at 2:00. Mottling is everywhere, and the inner dust lane can be glimpsed. Increasing the power will reveal a round structure near the core.

by Justin Balderrama

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