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In 1923 Edwin Hubble showed that the Andromeda nebula was, in fact, a galaxy beyond our own Milky Way galaxy. What was the background to his being able to show this? It involved trips to the other side of the World to observe the rare Transit of Venus, a gifted woman astronomer whose boss got all the credit, and a pipe smoking egomaniac who had a fake Oxford English accent.

This is the story of how the Andromeda nebula became a galaxy.



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