spiral nebula

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spiral nebula:

see galaxygalaxy,
large aggregation of stars, gas, dust, and usually dark matter, typically containing billions of stars. Recognition that galaxies are independent star systems outside the Milky Way came from a study of the Andromeda Galaxy (1926–29) by Edwin P.
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Complementing the Herschel Building's modernist architecture and reflecting the scientific advances being made at the time, Spiral Nebula offers an important example of post-war 20th-century public sculpture, and is one of few examples from this period sited in a public location in Newcastle.
Spiral Nebula, created at a time when Clarke's reputation was riding high, stands today as a dramatic example of 60s public art.
But the weather, the pigeons and possibly an opportunistic thief took their toll as the years rolled by and Spiral Nebula found its way on to the at-risk list of the Public Monument and Sculpture Association before an urgent restoration plan was set in motion by the university.
I'm 51 so I don't remember him making Spiral Nebula, but he also did quite a lot of work on the Civic Centre, and I remember running underneath the sculpture when he was up here doing that.
Jonathan, who drove to Newcastle from Bury St Edmunds yesterday to run his eye over the newly restored artwork, said he didn't set eyes on Spiral Nebula again until he read an edition of Viz comic in the 1980s.
These were termed spiral nebulas, and the time was to come, eighty years later, when they achieved considerable importance.