It enables Rich to see galaxies millions of light years away - including the so-called "whirlpool galaxy
" 23 million light years away.
Far far away The pupils caught this shot of a whirlpool galaxy
One of the best is the Whirlpool galaxy
which can be found quite close to the first star in the handle of the plough, the group of stars which is part of the Great Bear (Ursa Major).
The sketch of the Whirlpool Galaxy
(M51) made by William Parsons, Earl of Rosse, in 1845, and placed opposite a full-color Hubble Space Telescope image of the same object, simply sings.
A dwarf galaxy about 26 million light-years away has been found with a supermassive black hole at its center that suffers from periodic "indigestion." The phenomenon leads to the matter being blasted out into the interstellar medium from NGC 5195, which is in the process of merging with its larger neighbor NGC 5194, also called the Whirlpool Galaxy
We now know this galaxy is about 27 million light-years away and belongs to the M51 Group -- a group of galaxies, named after its brightest member, Messier 51, another spiral-shaped galaxy dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy
About 23million light years away lies the Whirlpool Galaxy
, a spiral disc of billions of stars, gas and dust.
The galaxy is officially named Messier 51 (M51) or NGC 5194, but often goes by its nickname of the "Whirlpool Galaxy
The swirling stars in Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night'' may have been inspired by a telescopic image recorded in the late 1800s of the M51 nebula, a whirlpool galaxy
These include M51, the famous whirlpool galaxy
, and the grand design spiral galaxy M81 in Ursa Major, also known as Bodes galaxy.
What I saw so stunned me that I've described that moment as "Amateur Astronomy, Day Two." Blazing across my TV screen in all its glory was the Whirlpool Galaxy
. Not dim hints of detail, but a dazzling view of the Whirlpool's spiral arms, the glowing masses of its star-forming regions, its dark dust lanes -and with color!