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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘spiral galaxy’

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Similar in size and grand design to our home Galaxy (although without the central bar), spiral galaxy NGC 3370 lies about 100 million light-years away toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo). Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370 from Hubble  Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA); Acknowledgement: A. Reiss et al. (JHU) Explanation: Is this what our own Milky Way Galaxy looks like from far away? Similar in size and grand design to our home Galaxy (although without the ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

NGC 5584: Expanding the Universe Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Riess (STScI/JHU), L. Macri (Texas A & M Univ.) et al., Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA) Explanation: Big, beautiful NGC 5548 is more that 50,000 light-years across and lies 72 million light-years away toward the constellation Virgo. The winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters and dark dust lanes. Still, for earthbound astronomers NGC 5548 is not just another pretty ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

    Messier 106 Image Credit & Copyright: R Jay Gabany Explanation: Close to the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and surrounded by the stars of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici), this celestial wonder was discovered in 1781 by the metric French astronomer Pierre Mechain. Later, it was added to the catalog of his friend and colleague Charles Messier as M106. Modern deep telescopic views reveal it to be an island universe -- a spiral galaxy around 30 thousand light-years ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

  NGC 3621: Far Beyond the Local Group   Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler Explanation: Far beyond the local group of galaxies lies NGC 3621, some 22 million light-years away. Found in the multi-headed southern constellation Hydra, the winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters and dark dust lanes. Still, for earthbound astronomers NGC 3621 is not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy. Some of ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

  Sideways Galaxy NGC 3628 Image Credit & Copyright: Ken Crawford (Rancho Del Sol Obs.) Explanation: Dark dust lanes cut across the middle of this gorgeous island universe, a strong hint that NGC 3628 is a spiral galaxy seen sideways. About 35 million light-years away in the northern springtime constellation Leo, NGC 3628 bears the distinction of being the only member of the well known Leo triplet of galaxies not in Charles Messier's famous catalog. Otherwise similar in ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Visit the NASA/JPL website to view more Astronomy Pictures of the Day Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841 Close Up Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI / AURA) - ESA / Hubble Collaboration Explanation: A mere 46 million light-years distant, spiral galaxy NGC 2841 can be found in the northern constellation of Ursa Major. This sharp view of the gorgeous island universe shows off a striking yellow nucleus and galactic disk. Dust lanes, small, pink star-forming regions, and ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

NGC 3521 Close Up Credit: Data - Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA Processing - Robert Gendler Explanation: Gorgeous spiral galaxy NGC 3521 is a mere 35 million light-years distant, toward the constellation Leo. Spanning some 50,000 light-years, its central region is shown in this dramatic image, constructed from data drawn from the Hubble Legacy Archive. The close-up view highlights this galaxy's characteristic multiple, patchy, irregular spiral arms laced with dust and ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 2, Use Great Square of Pegasus

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 2, Use Great Square of Pegasus to find Andromeda galaxy

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org You can see the Andromeda galaxy at this time of year … simply by looking eastward at nightfall. By late evening, this galaxy will climb almost straight overhead, so you might want to enjoy the comfort of a reclining lawn chair for viewing this deep-sky treasure. This neighboring spiral galaxy appears in our sky as a large hazy patch – bigger than a full moon. It’s very noticeable in a star-filled sky, far from ... Full Story

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