What is the closest galaxy to ours?
The nearest galaxy to our Large Magellanic Cloud, which is a satellite of the Milky Way. From the ground you can see in the southern hemisphere with the naked eye. The Large Magellanic Cloud is in the constellation of golden fish and at a distance of 170 thousands of light years.
Andromeda, the closest galaxy to the Milky Way. She is very beautiful, spiral-shaped, called M31.
Remote to 2,4 million light years and contains 300 billion stars. It can be seen with the naked eye.
The one closest to ours and, moreover, is moving toward rapprochement with our galaxy extremely fast by our human standards and not very quickly by the standards of cosmology.
The clash of the Milky Way and Andromeda will occur in 4 a billion years.
The nearest distance to the Milky Way is not the Andromeda Nebula distance to which more than 770 kiloparsec (kpc) and which can be observed with the naked eye in the sky of the northern hemisphere. And these are not even Magellanic clouds that can be observed with the naked eye in the sky of the southern hemisphere. The distances to them are much less than to Andromeda: 60 PDA to the Small Magellanic Cloud and 50 PDA to the Greater. Today it is believed that the nearest irregular-shaped dwarf galaxy CMa Dwarf, located in the constellation Big Dog, is the closest to the Milky Way. This galaxy is visible in the infrared region of the spectrum, since the main population e is made up of weak cooling stars. This galaxy is so close to the Milky Way (near 7,7 PDA, or 25000 light years) that it is already partially absorbed by it. And the absorption of this galaxy by our galaxy continues.