Messier 31 and its most famous satellites open the new observing season from Arizona – 25 Oct. 2017

After the monsoon season and several great improvements, we just restarted the observing season from Arizona, thanks to our important partnership with Tenagra Observatories. This is the first light coming after the summer and it was great to start with Messier 31, our biggest neighbor.

Messier 31 (Andromeda galaxy), Messier 32 and Messier 110

Messier 31 (Andromeda galaxy), Messier 32 and Messier 110

The image above comes from the average of 30, 60-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with the 16″-f/3.75 Tenagra III (“Pearl”) robotic unit part of Tenagra Observatories in Arizona. It covers a large fraction of the huge Andromeda galaxy, commonly considered our older sister, at about 2.5 millions of light years. It is a breathtaking view.

The telescope provided a very deep view, with so many stars and detail, also showing Messier 110 (upper right) and Messier 32 (bottom center), two of the small satellites of this huge cosmic island.

With this image, we restarted our observing season with the superb telescope. Very soon, we will announce the full project involving both the Virtual Telescope Project and Tenagra Observatories, bringing to the community an amazing array of opportunities and services never seen before. Stay tuned!

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