Local Group
Local Group
Image from Antonio Ciccolella - CC BY-SA 4.0
The Local Group of Galaxies
The cluster of galaxies to which the Milky Way belongs.

The Local Group includes the Milky Way, the larger Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Triangulum Galaxy (M33), and dozens of smaller galaxies. Most of these are dwarf ellipticals. The Local Group is considered to be an 'irregular cluster.'

The Local Group is home to a wide variety of xenosophont civilizations.

Some Local Group Galaxies

Large Magellanic CloudDiameter: 30,000ly - Distance: 163,000ly
Small Magellanic CloudDiameter: 20,000ly - Distance: 190,000ly
NGC 6822Diameter: 15,000ly - Distance: 1,800,000ly
NGC 205Diameter: 11,000ly - Distance: 2,200,000ly
AndromedaDiameter: 150,000ly - Distance: 2,200,000ly
TriangulumDiameter: 40,000ly - Distance: 2,400,000ly
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Updated 30 September 2018
Initially published on 03 December 2001.