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What Is the closest galaxy to the Milkyway?

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could you answer me this question: what is the closest galaxy to the milkyway?, please. thanks in advance
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The Andromeda Galaxy is certainly the closest large galaxy to the Milky Way at about 2.5 light years distant, however, there are small galaxies that are closer. The Magellanic Clouds are about 180,000 and 210,000 light years away, and were thought to be the closest galaxies until 1994. Then, the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy was discovered, which is about 75,000 light years away. Now, the closest known galaxy is one that is currently merging with the Milky Way. It's called the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, and is about 25,000 light years from our solar system, and 42,000 light years from the center of the Milky Way.

The Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy only has about a billion stars, which is tiny in comparison to spiral galaxies like the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy, which have hundreds of billions of stars (the Milky Way has between 200 and 400 billion, and astronomers believe the Andromeda Galaxy has around a trillion stars).

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Most people would say its Andromeda is the closet galaxy but this is not true, The closet galaxy to the Milky Way lies within the Milky way itself, It's called Canis Major Dwarf and lies 42,000 light years from the galatic centre and 25,000 lights years from us, that puts it closer to us than the centre of our own galaxy which is 30,000 lights years from our solar system.

Canis Major Dwarf is a dwarf galaxy that was discovered in 2003, and contains about 1 billion stars that's not alot, the Milky way contains between 200-300 billion stars.

Thanks for the question, I hope this helps you.

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The closest galaxy to the Milkyway is the Andromeda galaxy which is spinning very rapidly and is heading toward the milky way.

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Based on what I learned in astronomy it is the Andromeda galaxy that is located 2.4 million light years away from us

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Andromeda (M31) is the closest galaxy. You can see Andromeda in clear dark skies as a smudge of light.

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The closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way is Andromeda.

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