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Andromeda constellation information

Andromeda, the Princess Constellation of Ethiopia

Andromeda (pronounced: An-drom-e-da, abbreviated: Y, Latin: Andromeda) is one of the 88 constellations into which the night sky is divided. The sky is not divided equally among the constellations. Andromeda occupies 722,278 square degrees of the night sky, which is 1.75% of the night sky. Andromeda is the 19th largest in terms of size in the night sky.

The name of the constellation means Ethiopian Princess. The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the ancient Greek-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.

There are 8 stars that make up the main constellation. The Hipparcos satellite scanned and detailed 2112 stars. There are 80 stars that can be seen with the naked eye in the constellation in a very clear night sky.

Andromeda is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets.

Andromeda is a constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. Andromeda lies north of the Ecliptic, which is different from the celestial equator. The celestial equator is the projection of the terrestrial equator into space. The Ecliptic is the path that the Earth takes around the Sun. The Earth has a title of 23.44┬░, so the two differ. The constellations of the Zodiac are based on the Ecliptic.

There are 24 extrasolar planets (exoplanets) in this constellation.
There are 3 deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are 52 deep space objects that are not Messier.

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Distance to Andromeda

You can't just go to one location and get to the constellation because the constellation is made up of stars in different locations and different distances. The nearest main star in the constellation is at a distance of 97.01 light years and the furthest main star is at a distance of 598.46 light years. The average distance to the main stars is 249.05 light years.
You can't just go to one location and get to the constellation because the constellation is made up of stars in different locations and different distances. The nearest main star in the constellation is at a distance of 97.01 light years and the furthest main star is at a distance of 598.46 light years. The average distance to the main stars is 249.05 light years.

How to find and see Andromeda in the night sky

  • Northern Hemisphere:
    Andromeda can be seen in the night sky around 7 pm from September to May. The constellation will appear in a northeasterly direction around 7 pm in September. It will rise in the sky towards the west, reaching its peak in January before returning and disappearing in May.
  • Southern Hemisphere:
    Assuming you are watching from near Sydney, Australia. Andromeda can be seen from November to January in the southern hemisphere. The bad news is that Andromeda is low on the horizon and you should be away from the city lights in order to have a chance to see it.