Andromeda is in our galactic neighbourhood of local galaxies. It’s 2.5 million light years away and they say it is the most distant object visible to the human eye!
When to look: From 10pm, between 1st-10th November 2019
Which direction to look: North
You will need a very dark sky with no moonlight and a clear view to the northern horizon to see Andromeda. Using a star chart or a free online tool like SkySafari AR or Stellarium will help you find Andromeda.
First, using a star chart or app, search for and locate the star called Mirach low on the northern horizon. Use this star and the pattern of fainter stars that are below and to the left of Mirach to try and locate Andromeda with the naked-eye.
For Telescopes and Binoculars
Andromeda looks like a small, faint, misty oval shaped object in medium sized telescopes.
To see this deep space object with the unaided eye, practice using averted vision to tease out the faint light. If you focus on a nearby star, it should make it easier to spot Andromeda out of the corner of your eye.
Where Can You See Andromeda?
Andromeda can only be seen with the naked eye under a completely dark night sky. Choose an Astrotourism Town destination on a moonless night!