Astrophotography by Anthony Ayiomamitis

Local Group of Galaxies Image Gallery

Galaxies are perhaps one of the most attractive deep-sky objects to observe and photograph. They represent massive collections of dust, gas and countless billions of stars and are best described as islands of space matter across the universe. They are characterized as being either spiral or elliptical in nature and usually have a bright central core. Equally stunning to observe (with large-aperture telescopes) and image are galaxy clusters which represent collections of gravitationally-bound groups of galaxies whose members number from tens to thousands and which are classified on the basis of their richness (ie. number of galaxy members), shape (spherical, flat or irregular) and content (spiral or elliptical). Charles Messier's list of deep-sky celestial gems includes approximately forty bright and large galaxies.

Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, represents a galaxy within the Local Group (of Galaxies) numbering 30 galaxies in total, five million light years in diameter and which is moving in unison towards the constellation of Virgo. Other prominent galaxies within the Local Group include Andromeda (150,000 light-years in diameter), Triangulum (40,000 light-years in diameter) and the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (30,000 and 20,000 light-years in diameter respectively). The center of the Local Group is believed to lie between the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy. The richest member of our Local Group is the Virgo Cluster which is believed to contain approximately 2500 galaxies mostly elliptical in nature.

Note: Further details in relation to galaxy groups including those below are available here and here. For an excellent article on the Local Group, see Astronomy Magazine (Nov/2010: 46-49).

Please click on any image of interest for further image and imaging details.

Galaxy Group Images

(Milky Way

M31 in And

M32 in And

M33 in Tri

M110 in And

IC 10 in Cas

NGC 147 in Cas

NGC 185 in Cas

NGC 3109 in Hyd

NGC 6822 in Sag

DDO 70 in Sex

DDO 75 in Sex

DDO 216 in Peg

Canes Venatici I

Hercules Dwarf

Andromeda X
Milky Way

Sagittarius Dwarf

Large Magellanic Cloud

Small Magellanic Cloud

Canis Major Dwarf

Ursa Minor Dwarf

Draco Dwarf

Carina Dwarf

Sextans Dwarf

Sculptor Dwarf

Fornax Dwarf

Leo I

Leo II

Tucana Dwarf

Ursa Major Dwarf

M31 in And

M32 in And

M33 in Tri

M110 in And

NGC 147 in Cas

NGC 185 in Cas

Andromeda I

Andromeda II

Andromeda III

Andromeda IV

Andromeda V

Andromeda VI
Pegasus Dwarf

Andromeda VII
Cassiopeia Dwarf

Andromeda VIII

Andromeda IX

Andromeda X

M81 in UMa

M82 in UMa

NGC 2366 in Cam

NGC 2403 in Cam

NGC 2976 in UMa

NGC 3077 in UMa

NGC 4236 in Dra

IC 2574 in CVn

Holmberg II in UMa

M51 in CVn

M63 in CVn

M101 in UMa

NGC 5585 in UMa

NGC 5195 in CVn

NGC 5474 in UMa

NGC 5477 in UMa

Holmberg IV in UMa

UGC 8331 in CVn

UGC 9405 in Dra

UGC 8313 in CVn

UGC 8659 in UMa

PGC 50911 in UMa

UGC 8882 in UMa

PGC 49674 in UMa
NGC 1023

NGC 891 in And

NGC 925 in Tri

NGC 1023 in Per

NGC 1058 in Per

NGC 1239 in Eri