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detailed image toby jug nebula
2013-10-09 10:49:21

[ Watch The Video: Zooming In On To The Toby Jug Nebula ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online ESO astronomers using the European Souther Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) reported today that they have captured a detailed image of the Toby Jug Nebula. The nebula featured in the latest ESO image is a cloud of gas and dust surrounding a red giant star. The image shows the characteristic arc structure of the nebula resembles a jug with a handle. The Toby Jug...

WIYN Telescope Captures Highly Detailed Whirlpool Galaxy Image
2013-07-26 18:40:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have been observing the Whirlpool Galaxy since the 18th century, but they've never seen it like this. A new One Degree Imager (ODI) camera at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona has captured stunning new images of the distant spiral galaxy in never-before-seen detail. When used with the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope at the observatory, the camera is able to provide images of the Whirlpool Galaxy and its companion...

Pinwheeling Through The Sky
2013-06-10 09:49:48

ESA The face-on Pinwheel spiral galaxy is seen at ultraviolet wavelengths in this image taken by ESA´s XMM-Newton space telescope. Also known as M101, the galaxy lies 21 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It measures 170 000 light-years across — nearly twice the diameter of our own Milky Way Galaxy — and contains at least a trillion stars. About a billion of these stars could be similar to our own Sun. More often seen in visible light, here the...

Cats Paw Nebula Baby Boom
2013-06-06 13:58:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers presented research on Wednesday at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) about how the Cat's Paw Nebula is experiencing a "baby boom." The team said the nebula, or NGC 6334, is forming stars at a more rapid pace than the Orion Nebula, which is one of the closest stellar nurseries to Earth. "It might resemble a 'mini-starburst,' similar to a scaled-down version of the spectacular bursts sometimes seen in other...

Hubble Provides Most Detailed Image Of Ring Nebula To Date
2013-05-23 12:48:25

[WATCH VIDEOS: Flying Around The Ring Nebula | Secrets Of The Ring Nebula] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Hubble Space Telescope has provided one of the most detailed images of the Ring Nebula so far, allowing scientists to construct a model of the nebula in 3D. The Ring Nebula, or Messier 57, is an archetypal planetary nebula relatively close to Earth at 2,000 light-years away. NASA said Messier 57 is the glowing remains of a Sun-like star. The...

X-Ray Emissions In Young Metal-Poor Stars Similar To Metal-Rich Stars
2013-04-03 08:10:18

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have found that a region of space known as the Wing has fewer “metals” (elements with more than two protons in the nucleus) compared to most other areas within our own Milky Way galaxy. There are also relatively lower amounts of gas, dust and stars in the Wing compared to the Milky Way. This knowledge makes the Wing an excellent candidate for the study of the life cycle of stars and the gas lying between...

Dazzling New Hubble Pics Of Beloved Spiral Galaxy Messier 77
2013-03-28 09:13:54

Watch the videos "Panning Across Messier 77" and "Zooming in on Messier 77" Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A stunning new image of the spiral galaxy Messier 77 captured by the Hubble Space Telescope was released today. The image of one of the most famous and well-studied galaxies features patches of red throughout the photo, which highlights the pockets of star formation along its arms. Messier 77, or NGC 1068, sits in the constellation Cetus about 45...

Astronomers Focus In On Recently Formed Stars In The Southern Constellation Of Vela
2013-03-27 06:18:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have unveiled a new image of recently formed bright blue stars in the cluster NGC 2547. Astronomers using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the European Space Observatory's (ESO) La Silla Observatory in Chile took images of the stars while they were focusing in on the southern constellation of Vela (The Sail). Despite the universe being roughly 13.8 billion years old, new stars and objects are...


Latest Messier objects Reference Libraries

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2010-09-16 15:00:46

The NGC 5866, located in the Draco constellation, is named after the galaxy with the highest magnitude however some catalogs list NGC 5907 as the brightest member. The M51 Group and the M101 Group are NGC 5866 closest neighbor. The distances between these groups are similar which suggest the three groups are part of a single large, loose, elongated group. However, most identification methods consider them separate.

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2010-09-13 17:13:25

The M101 Group, one of many in the Virgo Supercluster, is located in Ursa Major and named after the brightest galaxy in the group, the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101). The group is composed mostly of members that are companions of the Pinwheel Galaxy. The M51 Group and the NGC 5866 Group are M101's closest neighbor. The distances between these groups are similar which suggest the three groups are part of a single large, loose, elongated group. However, most identification methods consider them...

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2010-09-13 17:07:12

The M51 Group, located in Canes Venatici, is named after the brightest galaxy in the group, the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51A). The few other notable members include the companion galaxy to the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51B) and the Sunflower Galaxy (M63).

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Planetary Nebula -- A planetary nebula is an astronomical object that usually appears nebulous and disk-like in low-resolution observations. Because of this appearance, similar to the appearance of planets in early observations, the "planetary" adjective was attached and has since been retained for historical consistency. According to current observations and models, planetary nebulae in fact have little to do with planets. Instead, as a small star (less than a few times the mass...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Galaxy -- Stars are almost always found in collections called galaxies, together with gas, dust, and large amounts of dark matter detected by its gravitational effects. These are all held together by gravitational attraction and orbit a common centre. There is some evidence that black holes may exist at the centre of some or most galaxies. Galaxies come in three main types: ellipticals, spirals, and irregulars. A slightly more extensive description of galaxy types is given by the Hubble...

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