Messier 33 is a beautiful spiral galaxy approximately 3 million LY away and part of our local group of galaxies, which also contains Andromeda and the Milky Way. The light took at least 3 million years to reach my camera.
M33 smaller than the Milky Way with a mere 40 billion stars (10 per cent of the size of the Milky Way) and 60,000 LY diameter. In this photograph you can also see a red splodge on the outer top edge of the galaxy. This is a nebula and it is over 40 times larger than the bright and stunning Orion Nebula in our own galaxy. Galaxies are often called islands in space as there are vast distances in between galaxies with virtually nothing in between.