Aimless In Space

My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
--J.B.S. Haldane--

Rachael - Detroit - WSU

Mad Scientist-in-Training

Clastrophysicist (Classics/Astronomy/Physics)

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Spiral galaxy NGC 2613
Captured on February 26, 2002, by the Very Large Telescope in Paranal, Chile (S. D’Odorico et al)


Spiral galaxy NGC 2613
Captured on February 26, 2002, by the Very Large Telescope in Paranal, Chile (S. D’Odorico et al)




Messier 74 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces

M74, discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and catalogued by Charles Messier shortly afterwards, is a very dim galaxy located some 32 million light-years away from Earth. There have been many supernovae, which are exploding stars, observed in M74. Also, there is a suspected black hole in its centre. Unfortunately, It is nearly impossible to observe with amateur telescopes.

Top: Wide-Field - Gemini Observatory/GMOS

Bottom: Close-Up - ESO/PESSTO


Messier Monday: The Most Elusive Messier Globular, M55

"Because what you’re looking at isn’t just a faint, diffuse cluster of stars, these are stars that date back to some of the earliest times in the history of our galaxy! Our Sun contains lots of heavy elements: carbon, oxygen, silicon, sulphur, iron, and so on, and it’s the abundance of those heavy elements that allowed rocky planets to form around it. Stars that formed longer ago, and in regions that had fewer generations of stars live-and-die to enrich the interstellar medium, tend to be poorer in these heavy elements, and give us a glimpse of the stars that formed when the Universe was much younger.

Globular clusters tend to have older stars, but Messier 55 has just 1.1% of the heavy elements found in the Sun, one of the most metal-poor globulars known to exist!”

Even though Messier knew about this object since the 1750s, and started looking for it in the 60s, it wasn’t until 1778 that he finally found it. Sometimes, the hard work you put in makes the discovery all the more rewarding!

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Twists of NGC 3718 by Mark Hanson

A careful look at this colorful cosmic snapshot reveals a surprising number of galaxies both near and far toward the constellation Ursa Major.

The most striking is NGC 3718, the warped spiral galaxy near picture center. NGC 3718’s spiral arms look twisted and extended, mottled with young blue star clusters. Drawn out dust lanes obscure its yellowish central regions. A mere 150 thousand light-years to the right is another large spiral galaxy, NGC 3729.

The two are likely interacting gravitationally, accounting for the peculiar appearance of NGC 3718. While this galaxy pair lies about 52 million light-years away, the remarkable Hickson Group 56 can also be seen clustered above NGC 3718, near the top of the frame. Hickson Group 56 consists of five interacting galaxies and lies over 400 million light-years away.

There are over 5000 galaxies in this image down to 24th magnitude.

(via nain)


Once you start getting interested in space and astronomical images, it doesn’t take long before you’ve seen Arp 273:

and the Antennae Galaxies:

roughly one billion zillion katrillion times. These images are beautiful, and there’s no denying they have good reason to be popular, but I thought I’d spread some love for a few lesser-known merging galaxies. Click the photos to see the objects’ name, and explore more here.

cute inu (ノ≧∀≦) ♥

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Astronomy Photo of the Day: 9/28/14 — NGC 3314

Meet NGC 3314: a galaxy found in the constellation of Hydra more than 140 million light-years from Earth. Learn more here:

Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA (Processing - Martin Pugh)

(via theuniverseatlarge)