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Skywatch: Look for our galactic neighbor

Andromeda, a.k.a. M31 isn't hard to find.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The sky will darken through the week as we get closer to the new moon next week. The last quarter moon will arrive on Tuesday evening at 9:57 p.m.

The Moon doesn’t rise until late in the evening but if you’re out early on Wednesday look for the half-moon.

If you’re out away from the city lights look for our parent galaxy in the evening. The Milky Way is a river of light that stretches across the sky. When you see it you’re actually looking into the center of our galaxy.

Speaking of galaxies you can find one in the sky later this week. On Saturday night Messier 31 or M31 will be easy to find. Look for it high in the northeastern sky around midnight when it’ll be at its highest.

Also known as the Andromeda galaxy M31 is about 2.5 million light years away from us and is slated to collide with our galaxy in roughly four billion years. 

Happy hunting!

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