spiral galaxy

Hubble’s hidden treasures unveiled

Large Magellanic Cloud

These amazing deep space images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, have lain hidden in data vaults. That was until the European Space Agency opened them up to the public, invited skywatchers and awarded prizes to the top ten entries.

Josh Lake of the United States won with this awesome image of NGC 1763, part of the N11 star-forming region of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

By | Aug 26, 2012|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , |

21st Century Pinwheel Galaxy

Pinwheel or M101 Galaxy

Big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is almost twice the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy, about 170,000 light-years across! Also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101 lies within the boundaries of the northern constellation Ursa Major, about 25 million light-years away. This multiwavelength view of this large spiral galaxy, is a composite of images recorded by space-based telescopes in the 21st century.   Image credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, JPL, Caltech STScI

By | Aug 19, 2012|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , |

Spiral Galaxy that resembles our Milky Way

Spiral Galaxy

ESO astronomers have used the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope to capture an image of NGC 6744. This impressive spiral galaxy lies about 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). But this view could almost be a picture postcard of our own Milky Way, taken and sent by an extragalactic friend, as this galaxy closely resembles our own.

By | Jun 10, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , |