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Bubble Nebula Imaged In Sharp Detail By One Degree Imager Camera
2012-12-05 05:57:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A spectacular new image of the Bubble Nebula, named NGC 7635, has been captured by the new camera known as the One Degree Imager (ODI) that is being commissioned at the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, Arizona. Located in the constellation Cassiopeia, the Bubble Nebula is approximately 10 light-years across. It is a shell of gas and dust carved out by stellar wind created by the massive...

Hubble Image Shows Hercules A
2012-11-29 14:26:18

[ Watch the Video: Hercules A Zoom Sequence ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new Hubble Space Telescope image released today shows off a multi-wavelength view of radio galaxy Hercules A. The image was produced through a collaboration of the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, and the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in New Mexico. The yellowish elliptical galaxy seen in the image is about 1,000 times more massive than...

Globular Star Cluster NGC 6362
2012-10-31 06:19:57

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] European Southern Observatory Photo Release This colorful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362 was captured by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO´s La Silla Observatory in Chile. This new picture, along with a new image of the central region from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, provide the best view of this little-known cluster ever obtained. Globular clusters are mainly composed of tens of thousands of very...

Chandra Eyes Mini Supermassive Black Hole
2012-10-25 07:19:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, along with other observatories, has identified one of the lowest mass supermassive black holes ever observed in the middle of a galaxy that one would not expect to harbor this type of beast. This suggests that this black hole, while related to its supermassive cousins, may have a different origin. Located in the middle of the spiral galaxy NGC 4178, the black hole is shown in the image from the Sloan...

Planetary Nebula Survey By Chandra
2012-10-11 05:21:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has created a sweeping new survey of dying stars — or planetary nebula — in the neighborhood of the Sun. The resulting X-ray images shed light on the violent "end game" of a Sun-like star's life. Led by Joel Kastner from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the team won seven days of observation time with Chandra in 2011-2012 to survey and...

The Pencil Nebula, a strangely shaped leftover from a vast explo
2012-09-12 21:48:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Zooming in on the Pencil Nebula ] It seems a little early to already start decorating for Halloween, but the European Space Observatory has decided that it's never too early for a nebula shaped like a witch's broom. A new image of the Pencil Nebula shows a cloud of glowing gas making up part of a huge ring of wreckage left over after a supernova explosion that took place about 11,000 years ago. ESO has...

VLT Finds Deceptively Tranquil Blue Galaxy
2012-08-01 06:05:40

Video: Panning Across Spiral Galaxy NGC 1187 | Video: Zooming In On Spiral Galaxy NGC 1187 April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online About 60 million light-years away, there is a beautiful, tranquil looking blue spiral galaxy named NGC 1187. This galaxy is in the constellation of Eridanus, or The River. Researchers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have been watching and recording data from NGC 1187 for about a year using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the La...

Flame On! New Image Shows Flame Nebula In Its Full Glory
2012-07-03 12:28:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The cosmos is full of outstanding imagery, and a new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has shot back another outstanding image back to Earth. The latest image, released on Monday, shows a Flame nebula located in the Orion complex, lighting up a cavern of dust. The Nebula is sitting on the eastern hip of Orion the Hunter, which is a constellation that can be seen with the naked eye in the northern...


Latest NGC 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 17:09:55

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...

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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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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...

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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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