When we look out on a clear dark night do we only see stars not galaxies?
- ThomasLv 73 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.
- 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.
- Ronald 7Lv 75 days ago
If you look carefully you can see mere than just Galxies
All it takes is a decent Telescope
- 5 days ago
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- Anonymous5 days ago
You can see galaxies. The Milky Way is the easiest. Others are so far away, they appear as fuzzy stars.
- daniel gLv 75 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.
Here, you can sot it pointed out, along with banding of our own galaxy:
- Adullah MLv 75 days ago
Yes, you can see our own galaxy of the Milky Way.
- CliveLv 75 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.
- az_lenderLv 76 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.