Sunday, May 20, 2018

Springtime is Galaxy Season


M82             M81

M81 (right) Messier 81 (also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy

M82 (left)  Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy or M82) is a starburst galaxy

Both  Galaxies are about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.

M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51a, M51a, and NGC 5194, is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus. It lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, and was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. Its distance is estimated to be between 15 and 35 million light-years.

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