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16 March 2004 1135 GMT
Grap: Explore space with our astronomy expert

Can you guess how long it would take to cycle to the moon? Do you know how far you can see into the solar system? Find out more with our kids' guide to astronomy by local astronomer Mark Lawrik-Thompson.

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Planet Jupiter

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The Star of Bethlehem

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The Andromeda Galaxy

The Sun and Moon are both pretty close to us on Earth. What about the more distant objects? Think about the furthest thing you have ever looked at, perhaps a church a few miles away.

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The Andromeda Galaxy - many light years away from Earth

The Moon is roughly 240,000 miles away. But would it surprise you if you can see even further than that?

On a really dark night, you can see an object that lies 13 million, million, million miles away. It's so far away that it takes light over
2 million years to get here, so we see it today as it was before humans walked on the Earth!

On your bike, it would take 1 thousand million million years to cycle there! This object is called the Andromeda Galaxy.

Tto see this object called the Andromeda Galaxy, take a look at the map below and ask a responsible adult that you know to take you outside and see if you can spot it.

It's very faint so you will need to get away from street lights. Good luck!

If you want to find out more about space or want to have a look through a telescope, then contact the Norwich Astronomical Society.

Contact details and information about their public events including a Children's Astronomy afternoon can be found on their website at


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