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This image by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a double-nucleus at the core of the Andromeda galaxy. The dual core may be the result of a "cannibalization" of another galaxy by Andromeda. The two peaks of illumination are separated by 5 light years, and the entire image shows an area 40 light years in width. The actual centre of the Andromeda galaxy lies at the fainter of the two glows.


Hubble site news desk


May 7, 2006


Tod R. Lauer, NASA


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