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New Image Shows Galactic Serial Killer
2014-04-02 13:48:59

[ Watch The Video: Panning Across The Galaxies NGC 1316 And 1317 ] ESO This new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two contrasting galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller neighbor NGC 1317. These two are quite close to each other in space, but they have very different histories. The small spiral NGC 1317 has led an uneventful life, but NGC 1316 has engulfed several other galaxies in its violent history and shows the battle scars....

dwarf galaxy NGC 4395
2014-03-27 04:42:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While experts might not know exactly how supermassive black holes grow to sizes up to a billion times that of our sun, astronomers using NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) believe they have discovered the so-called cosmic seeds that will ultimately become gravity-rich regions from which light cannot escape. Black holes come in various sizes, with the smallest ones only a few times greater in mass than our sun and...

Active Supermassive Black Holes Discovered In Two Merging Galaxies
2014-01-28 13:17:31

[ Watch the Video: Galaxy Mergers And Supermassive Black Holes ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers publishing a paper in the Astrophysical Journal say they have found two merging galaxies have active supermassive black holes. The team conducted infrared observations of the merging galaxies by using the Subaru Telescope. They found that at least one of the supermassive black holes almost always becomes active and luminous by accreting a large amount of...

Astronomer Discovers Hydrogen River Flowing Into Nearby Galaxy
2014-01-28 09:52:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What might be a never-before-seen river of hydrogen flowing through space has been discovered by West Virginia University astronomer, D.J. Pisano, using the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). A study, published in the Astronomical Journal, reveals that this river is a faint, very tenuous filament of gas, which is streaming into the nearby galaxy, NGC 6946. Understanding this may help...

Cat's Paw Nebula Viewed In High Detail With New Instrument
2013-09-25 10:18:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new, powerful viewing instrument installed on the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) has already given astronomers a detailed view of the Cat's Paw Nebula. The ArTeMiS is a new wide-field submillimeter-wavelength camera that will further increase the depth and detail that APEX can observe. The new instrument's detector acts more like a CCD camera than the previous generation of detectors, which will allow it to map the sky faster...

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...

Mystery Missing Massive Galaxies
2013-07-24 13:28:57

[ Watch the Video: Three-Dimensional View of NGC 253 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New observations have given a group of astronomers the best view yet of how star formation regions can get selfish and gassy. Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) ALMA telescope in Chile say they have discovered how vigorous star formation in a galaxy can blast gas out of it and deprive future generations of stars of the fuel they need to form and grow....

Black Hole Observed Pushing Matter Away, Rather Than Consuming It
2013-06-20 06:27:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Observations of a nearby active galaxy using the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at ESO´s Paranal Observatory in Chile have shown astronomers something they hadn´t expected to see. Astronomers have found over the past twenty years that nearly all galaxies have a black hole at their center, some of which grow by drawing in matter from their surroundings. This growth process creates some of the most energetic objects...

Very Large Telescope Celebrates 15 Years
2013-05-23 05:39:29

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is celebrating 15 years of success for its Very Large Telescope (VLT). ESO released an image taken by astronomers using VLT of a pink gas cloud known as IC 2944. The image resembles drops of ink floating in a strawberry cocktail, showing one of the interstellar clouds of dust and gas softly glowing pink. VLT's image is the sharpest view of the cosmic object ever...

Most Massive Binary Candidate Identified
2013-04-17 04:52:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of astronomers, led by Hugues Sana of the University of Amsterdam, has observed a binary star that potentially weighed 300 to 400 times the mass of our Sun at its birth. The present day combined mass of the two stars is between 200 and 300 times the solar mass, depending on its evolutionary stage. This makes it potentially the most massive binary star discovered to date. The findings of this study have been published in...

Latest NGC Reference Libraries

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.

2010-09-13 17:09:55

The M81 Group, containing the well known galaxies Messier 81 and Messier 82, is a group of galaxies within the constellation Ursa Major. Along with Messier 81 and 82 are several other galaxies with apparent brightness. The center, located at an approximate distance of 3.6 Mpc, is one of the nearest groups to the Local Group. The total estimated mass of the group is (1.03 ± 0.17) × 1012M☉. The Virgo Supercluster contains the M81 Group, the Local Group, and some other nearby...

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).

2010-09-13 16:56:08

The Coma Cluster (Abell 1656), along with the Leo Cluster, is one of two major clusters compromising the Coma Supercluster. It contains over 1000 identified galaxies. Most of the galaxies in the center of the Coma Cluster are elliptical galaxies including both dwarf and giant. However the center is dominated by NGC 4874 and NGC 4889, two giant elliptical galaxies. The brightest galaxies are visible, a few degrees north of the galactic pole, with an amateur telescope larger than 20 cm. The...

2010-09-13 16:27:55

Stephan's Quintet in the constellation Pegasus is a visual grouping of five galaxies which four form the first compact galaxy group ever discovered. The group was discovered by Édouard Stephan in 1877 at Marseilles Observatory and is the most studied of all the compact galaxy groups. NGC 7320, which has extensive H II regions, is the brightest member of the visual grouping and is where active star formation is occurring. Hickson Compact Group 92, which contains four of the five...

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