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    Default Can an amateur astronomer see stars outside our galaxy?



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    Yesterday as i took a glimpse to ursula major through the clouds i wondered where those stars are in the universe.

    Are they all inside the milky way?

    Can we see any stars outside our galaxy ? Or can we only see clusters and other galaxys outside the milky way?

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    Recently several of of members of our forum photographed a supernova in the Whirlpool Galaxy M51. Astronomers using really big telescopes rountinely use stars called Cephids, which are a type of variable star, to measure brightness and magnitude and theses stars are found in other galaxies as well. So techically speaking, yes we can see stars in other galaxies. However amatuers like us without specialized equipment are not going to resolve stars in other galaxies except during high energy events like Supernovas.
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    But we do use our telescopes to resolve individual stars in globular clusters which are not within the disc of our Milky Way Galaxy - but those clusters are gravitationally bound to our galaxy.

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    The simple answer is NO--

    Yes globulars that are positioned outside the Milky Way galaxy-- but actually VERY nearby can be resolved-- but stars in other galaxies cannot--

    Virtually everything you see in the night sky is inside the Milky Way Galaxy ------- and RIGHT IN our neighborhood of the galaxy. (in astronomical terms)
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    thanks for your clarifications

    its a big place the universe huh?

    these answers just made me feel a bit loneliner in the universe :S

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    its a big place the universe huh?
    take a look at this :-)

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    Uhm, yes and no, yes in the technical sense, but no in the sense that you are asking about.

    We can only see stars outside of our galaxy in huge clusters (Galaxies), or when they go supernova, and even then we can not resolve them down to singular points of light as we can with stars in our nieghborhood. But no you can not zoom to a magnification to which you could resolve a star in andromeda all by its self like you could with vega or antares.

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