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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Prof Eric Cross, dean of cultural affairs at Newcastle University, said: "Spiral Nebula marks an important period in the history of the university, since both the sculpture and the building it sits outside were commissioned as part of the process of becoming a fully independent university in 1963."
Professor Eric Cross, Dean of Cultural Affairs at Newcastle University, said: "Spiral Nebula marks an important period in the history of the university, since both the sculpture and the building it sits outside were commissioned as part of the process of becoming a fully independent university in 1963.
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.
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.
Jonathan said Spiral Nebula comprises a steel armature with aluminium cast from polystyrene which his father carved with a heated instrument.
In the 1880s Lord Rosse marveled at the "spiral nebula" of Messier 51, now known as the Whirlpool Galaxy.
His observation and sketch of M51 are famous as the first discovery of a "spiral nebula" but at the same time Lord Rosse made history in another way.
These were termed spiral nebulas, and the time was to come, eighty years later, when they achieved considerable importance.