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ARCHIVED - PAndAS - Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey

The Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey (PAndAS) is an astronomical survey designed to explore, in unprecedented detail, the structure and content of the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way: the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and its close neighbour, the Triangulum Galaxy (M33). Hidden within the vast volumes explored by PAndAS lie remnants of — and therefore clues to — the formation of these galaxies. While there might be 400 billion or so galaxies in the Universe, there are only 2 galaxies — Andromeda and Triangulum — whose history can be revealed to us in this level of detail through the study of their "galactic archaeology".

PAndAS is led by Dr. Alan McConnachie at NRC-HIA, and uses the unique capabilities of the MegaCam/MegaPrime instrument on the 3.6m Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. The project involves more than 25 co-investigators, at NRC-HIA, and at universities across Canada, France, the USA, the UK, Germany and Australia.

Simulation of Triangulum Galaxy's orbit around Andromeda Galaxy

Simulation of Triangulum Galaxy's orbit around Andromeda Galaxy.

For more details on the science and latest results, please visit the PAndAS Team web site.

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PAndAS Team web site