What is the closest Galaxy to the Solar System?

1 Answer
Dec 23, 2015

The closest spiral galaxy is Andromeda while the closest dwarf is Canis Major.


The Andromeda Galaxy sits about 2.53 million light years away. It is a large spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way Galaxy. A picture of Andromeda is below.
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The closest galaxy of any is a dwarf galaxy named Canis Major which is pictured below. It is about 42,000 light years away.
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The difference between the two is both the Milky Way Galaxy and Andromeda Galaxy contain between 200 and 400 billion stars while the dwarf galaxy contains about 2 billion stars.