Online Astronomy eText: Galaxies and the Universe
Large-Scale Images of the Local Group of Galaxies Link for sharing this page on Facebook
 A large-scale image of the Local Group of Galaxies, including the Milky Way and its satellites, and M31 and its satellites, and some other "nearby" galaxies which may or may not be members of the Local Group. The blue ovals and circles represent the position of the galaxies in the plane of the Milky Way, while the vertical lines show the position of each galaxy above or below that plane. Each spherical region is a million light years larger in radius (and therefore 2 million light years larger in diameter) than the sphere inside it, so the smallest sphere shows galaxies within a million light years of the Milky Way, almost all of which are satellites of our galaxy. All images are portions of a single image (Image Credit Wikimedia Commons, Antonio Ciccolella).
The Local Group of Galaxies and some other nearby galaxies which may or may not be part of the Local Group
Above, a roughly 7.5 by 4.5 million light year wide region showing all galaxies in the original image
Below, a roughly 4.25 by 3.5 million light year wide region centered east of the Milky Way and south of the Andromeda Galaxy
The Local Group of Galaxies and most of the nearby galaxies that may or may not be part of the Local Group
Below, a 2 million light year wide region centered on the Milky Way Galaxy
A roughly 2 million light year wide region centered on the Milky Way Galaxy
Below, a 2 million light year wide region centered on the Andromeda Galaxy
A 2 million light year wide region centered on the Andromeda Galaxy