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Look, a Galaxy!

Yep. There’s stuff to look at beside Pluto. This galaxy known as LEDA 89996 is beautiful example of a spiral galaxy.

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Trio Leo

This popular group is famous as the Leo Triplet – a gathering of three magnificent galaxies in one field of view. Crowd pleasers when imaged with even modest telescopes, they can be introduced individually as NGC 3628 (left), M66 (bottom right), and M65 (top). 138 more words

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Voorwerpjes in Space

Mysterious Hanny’s Voorwerp, Dutch for “Hanny’s Object”, is really enormous, about the size of the Milky Way Galaxy and glowing strongly in the greenish light produced by ionized oxygen atoms. 170 more words

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NGC 2403 in Camelopardalis

Magnificent island universe NGC 2403 stands within the boundaries of the long-necked constellation Camelopardalis. Some 10 million light-years distant and about 50,000 light-years across, the spiral galaxy also seems to have more than its fair share of giant star forming HII regions, marked by the telltale reddish glow of atomic hydrogen gas. 86 more words

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M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy

Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper’s bowl until you get to the handle’s last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier famous catalog. 88 more words

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