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

A faint river of hydrogen has been discovered to be flowing through space, filtering into a nearby galaxy known as NGC 6946. The discovery could lead to a better understanding of how some galaxies maintain star formation.

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

A new, powerful viewing instrument installed on the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment has already given astronomers a detailed view of the Cat's Paw Nebula.

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

Astronomers have been observing the Whirlpool Galaxy since the 18th century, but they’ve never seen it like this.

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

New observations have given a group of astronomers the best view yet of how star formation regions can get selfish and gassy.

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

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.

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

The European Southern Observatory is celebrating 15 years of success for its Very Large Telescope, and has released a stunning new image of a pink gas cloud known as IC 2944.

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

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.

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

Astronomers have unveiled a new image of recently formed bright blue stars in the cluster NGC 2547.

Fading Supernova Seen In Lopsided Spiral Galaxy
2013-03-20 06:04:32

Astronomers studying a violent explosion located 35 million light-years away from Earth in spiral galaxy NGC 1637 have provided a new view of the cosmic beauty.

New Image Shows Off Star Birth Region In Orion
2013-01-23 05:14:35

Dense clouds of cosmic gas and dust in space are the birthplaces of new stars. When viewing these in visible light, the dust is dark and obscuring, which helps to hide the stars.


Latest NGC Reference Libraries

67_0efd63d045cdd74b7e0600e093355a42
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.

67_8b8b742d654cb21ec4a1143054c4c9da
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...

67_90ce4ddfce29ea01827bb96393b20fce
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).

45_03c916cf051c1a581c0d52b3ccdd7561
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...

67_f506006076d9ad389453c46877f5932f
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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