I have seen this scene from "Me Before You" (2016), in which Louisa Clark sees galaxies with her naked eye.

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Are galaxies visible with the naked eye?

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    this really sounds like a better fit for Astonomy.SE, though that image in the movie is a legitimate image of the Milky Way seen from Earth.
    – KutuluMike
    Aug 17 '16 at 12:02
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    This question is better suited for astronomy.stackexchange.com
    – Tom
    Aug 17 '16 at 15:38
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    There is nothing really technical or in depth about this in terms of Astronomy that merit it being migrated. It's a simple question as seen by the answer. It's on topic as far as any realism question goes. It might be a dumb question, but anyone raised in the city wouldn't know first hand due to the light pollution.
    – cde
    Aug 17 '16 at 16:51
  • @Tom This in itself is not a close/migration reason, though. If you think it is not a suitable question on this site here for any actual reason other than being "better suited" elsewhere, then that's a valid opinion, but in this case that would be the actual close-reason then.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 18 '16 at 14:56
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about movies, it's about stargazing.
    – KutuluMike
    Aug 18 '16 at 15:34


We can see the Milky Way (our galaxy) or a lot of stars when far enough from light pollution (cities for example).

Here is a map showing light pollution around the world.

In green areas of this map, you can easily see what is shown on your images, after maybe 5 minutes without light.


Yes, as noted above, the Milky Way (our own galaxy) is easily seen as a cloudy band across the sky in areas with little light pollution.

If (as I suspect) you mean galaxies outside of our own, then also yes, you can. The Andromeda galaxy can be seen on a good clear night with the naked eye, although I often find it easier to locate it with binoculars first. See this guide for help finding it.


If you are in the southern hemisphere, the two Magellanic Clouds are visible with the naked eye. Each is a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way galaxy.

In the northern hemisphere, besides M31 in Andromeda, those with good sharp vision may also be able to see M33 in Triangulum with the naked eye though it is extremely faint.

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