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When we look up at the sky we see points of light - stars. All of these stars below to our very own Milky Way galaxy. But, there are many, many other galaxies out there, each with its own set of millions of stars.

When you look at an image of a galaxy and see individual stars, those stars are in our Milky Way galaxy and just happen to be in the same line-of-sight as the background galaxy.

Most galaxies appear very small in a telescope because they are very far away. There are exceptions, of course, like the famous Andromeda Galaxy, which is so big that it fills up the field of view of my 80mm telescope even though it's 2.4 million light years away!

M74 - The Phantom Galaxy

M74 - The Phantom Galaxy

Supernova 2013ej

Supernova 2013ej

NGC7331

NGC7331

M98 and M108 - Galaxy in Ursa Major and the Owl Nebula

M98 and M108 - Galaxy in Ursa Major and the Owl Nebula

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

NGC891 - The Outer Limits Galaxy

NGC891 - The Outer Limits Galaxy

M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy

M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy

M63 - Sunflower Galaxy in Canes Venatici

M63 - Sunflower Galaxy in Canes Venatici

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

NGC7331 & Stephen's Quintet

NGC7331 & Stephen's Quintet

NGC4565 - Needle Galaxy in Coma Berenices

NGC4565 - Needle Galaxy in Coma Berenices

M77 - Galaxy in Cetus

M77 - Galaxy in Cetus

M94 - Cat's Eye Galaxy in Canes Venatici

M94 - Cat's Eye Galaxy in Canes Venatici

M65, M66, NGC 3628 - The Leo Triplet

M65, M66, NGC 3628 - The Leo Triplet

M65 - Galaxy in Leo

M65 - Galaxy in Leo

M66 - Galaxy in Leo

M66 - Galaxy in Leo