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Tue Mar 20, 2018, 10:09 PM

12 Incredible New Images of Galaxies and Nebulae from the Hubble Telescope

Ryan F. Mandelbaum
Today 2:25 pm Filed to: HUBBLE

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Image: NASA, ESA, STScI, and V. Rubin (Carnegie Institution of Washington), D. Maoz (Tel Aviv University/Wise Observatory) and D. Fisher (University of Maryland) (NASA)

Look up to the sky with the unaided eye and you’ll see lots of specks and globs that look mostly like stars. On closer inspection, though, some of those dots refuse to resolve, smeared out on the night sky.

Famed astronomer Charles Messier noticed these objects while studying comets—indeed, they looked like comments standing still in the sky, according to NASA. He therefore called these imposters “objects to avoid,” and catalogued them in his list of 103 “Messier Objects.” That list has since been expanded to 110.

It’s a good thing scientists didn’t avoid the imposters, though. It turned out to contain some incredibly important astronomical objects, smeared out because they consisted of not one, but many stars. The first comet-looking thing, M1, was the now often-studied Crab Nebula. His catalogue also included the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the pinwheel galaxy often used as a Milky Way lookalike (M101) and the Whirlpool galaxy (M51a). You, too, can spot many of these objects with an amateur telescope.

The Hubble Telescope has made spotting these objects simple, and has creating some breathtaking images along the way. That includes the Eagle Nebula, also called the Pillars of Creation or M16, perhaps the most famous nebula ever observed.

More:
https://gizmodo.com/12-incredible-new-images-of-galaxies-and-nebulae-from-t-1823921491

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Reply 12 Incredible New Images of Galaxies and Nebulae from the Hubble Telescope (Original post)
Judi Lynn Mar 2018 OP
eppur_se_muova Mar 2018 #1
marylandblue Mar 2018 #2
Judi Lynn Mar 2018 #5
Princess Turandot Mar 2018 #3
Judi Lynn Mar 2018 #4

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 20, 2018, 10:48 PM

1. "comments standing still in the sky" ???

Do these guys read their own copy ?

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 20, 2018, 11:18 PM

2. No that's correct, they are messages from God

And according to Meissner, you don't want to read them, because he is pissed.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 12:48 AM

5. The writer's need to use the word "smeared" creeped me out. Deeply unpleasant.

Hard to believe "comments" ever got by both the writer and the editor.



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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 12:33 AM

3. NASA has all of the Messier objects in a Flickr album!

It's here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahubble/sets/72157687169041265

When you click on the images, there's a narrative for each one.

M104, also known as the Sombrero galaxy:

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Response to Princess Turandot (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 12:43 AM

4. What a sight. Amazing. Thank you. n/t

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