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Andromeda: Caption

Also known by astronomers as "M31," Andromeda is our Milky Way's nearest galactic neighbor. Lying about 2 1/4 million light years away, both Andromeda and the Milky Way, along with 20 smaller galaxies, belong to the " Local Group" of galaxies. Note the two smaller satellite galaxies above and below Andromeda.

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