Lahinch Co. Clare
The Andromeda Galaxy is 2.5 million light years away and 220,000 light years in diameter, it contains 1 trillion stars.
Andromeda is named after a beautiful Ethiopian princess in Greek mythology. Edwin Hubble was the first to discover that Andromeda was a galaxy in 1923. Andromeda and the Milky Way are speeding towards each other at 250,000 mph. When they do collide the stars in each galaxy are too far apart to hit each other but our solar system will be pushed further from the core of the Milky Way, this won’t happen for another 4 billion years.
Andromeda is actually 6 times bigger in the sky than the moon if it could be seen by the naked eye.
Taken with my 7 inch telescope from County Clare.
I am from Lahinch in County Clare and have been visiting the ancient sites of Ireland since 2015. I am very interested how the doorway of stone circles always seem to be purposefully pointed at the sunrise or sunset at key times of the year. This suggests that the people who built these forts thousands of years ago had a deep understanding of astronomy and were more advanced than we give them credit for.
I also film and edit music videos, see below for my latest work -
The Rolling Sun over Croagh Patrick on my youtube channel :