Andromeda Rising

The Andromeda Galaxy is one of a small handful of deep sky objects you can see with your naked eye under dark skies. It's one of an even smaller handful of such objects that is outside our own galaxy. Every planet, every star, every nebula you see in the night sky is part of our own Milky Way galaxy. The Andromeda Galaxy, however, visible as a faint patch of fuzzy sky is another galaxy entirely, bringing light to us that is 2 million years old.

Also visible in this image are neighbors of the Andromeda Galaxy (also known as M31), M32 just below center and M110 above center and to the right. The blue star at left is 35-Nu Andromedae, an easily visible naked-eye star that helps point the way to M31.
Single 20-minute exposure. Bad pixel removal and color converted. No calibration.
Takahashi FSQ-106EDX III telescope, FLI ML11002-C camera at -25C, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO mount.