Bob Berman's strange universe: Behind the galaxy
October 2004: Only if you prep your friends with mouth-watering stories will their excitement overcome the brutal fact that M31 looks smudgy and ill defined.
The Andromeda Galaxy, overhead this month from much of North America, is no weirder than your average cheeseburger. So why talk about it on a page that usually explores strange things? Simple: If you don't go into the oddities of that bright naked-eye galaxy, it probably shouldn't be shown to anyone.