When we look out on a clear dark night do we only see stars not galaxies?

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  • Thomas
    Lv 7
    3 days ago

    Mostly. From a dark sky site there are a few thousand stars we can see with the naked eye. There are just FOUR galaxies besides our own that are naked-eye visible to most people.

    The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, M31, and M33.

    Five if you count Omega Centauri. It's disputed whether it's a globular cluster or a remnant galactic core.

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  • 4 days ago

    Without a telescope, the only Galaxy you can see is Andromeda. It is a very dim tiny cloudlike thing. It is 2 million light years away. This is the furthest object that can be seen without a telescope.

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  • 5 days ago

    If you look carefully you can see mere than just Galxies

    All it takes is a decent Telescope

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  • 5 days ago

    Most of the pictures are just pictures that look so wonderful who would say otherwise except for those who know better 

    Source(s): True knowledge of reality
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  • Anonymous
    5 days ago

    You can see galaxies.  The Milky Way is the easiest.  Others are so far away, they appear as fuzzy stars.

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  • 5 days ago

    If your eyesight is decent, on a really good viewing night, those fuzzy looking stars ARE galaxies.

    Know where to look, you can see M-31/Andromeda, but most of the stars therein, are very faint given the distance.

    http://www.physics.ucla.edu/~huffman/m31.html

    Here, you can sot it pointed out, along with banding of our own galaxy:

    https://astrobackyard.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/...

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  • 5 days ago

    Yes, you can see our own galaxy of the Milky Way.

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    5 days ago

    The only galaxies you can definitely see without binoculars or a telescope are the Magellanic Clouds, Though if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you'll probably need a trip south to see them.

    About the only full-sized galaxy you can see with your own eyes is M31 in Andromeda, and you won't notice that unless you're looking for it.  Even with good eyesight it's a tiny smudge.

    All other galaxies are far too far away to be visible without a telescope, so all you're looking at is stars within our own Milky Way galaxy.

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  • 6 days ago

    I spend my summer on an island in Maine, and can see the Andromeda Galaxy with my naked eye.  However, it helps a lot to look for it with binoculars first, and THEN ditch the binoculars and seek it with your naked eye.  If you think of Cassiopeia's "W" as the top of a hibachi grill, the Andromeda is a smear sort of near the right knee.

    See Internet for a real diagram.

  • 6 days ago

    Most galaxies are too far away for their light to trigger the nerve cells in our eyes... There's a couple of exceptions - the Andromeda Galaxy being one;  it's the nearest, large galaxy to us - and, we can really only see it during the darkest, clearest nights.  Galaxies that are further away are even more difficult to see.

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