How far is it to the nearest galaxy

It is currently thought that the Canis Major dwarf galaxy in the constellation of the Great Dog is the galaxy closest to us. It is only 25000 light-years away from our solar system and 42000 light-years away from the centre of the Milky Way. This small system appears to be disintegration as the gravitational pull of the much larger Milky Way is tearing it apart and absorbing its stars.

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