Amazing Celestial Images
January 17, 2009
I found these amazing celestial images on Ted Wolfe’s Starsite. Mr. Wolfe uses an ST8e camera and a sweet Ritchey-Chretien telescope to shoot these images. Here are some of my favorites.
The Crab Nebula - A star that went supernova in the year 1054. The explosion remnants have been traveling outward at the rate of 78 million miles per day since then.
Eagle Nebula - The dark figure is in the form of an eagle with its wing spread to the back, and its "talons" seemingly grasping a struggling fish. A fanciful description of a striking star forming nebula in our galaxy.
Andromeda Gallaxy - The nearest large galaxy to our own. An immense, island universe of stars, gas and dust. Recent estimates place it about 2.9 million light years away, and its diameter at about 250,000 light years. This makes it 2 1/2 times larger than our galaxy. It is moving towards us, and will eventually collide with the MilkyWay.
The "Whirlpool" galaxy is seen rotating in a counter clockwise direction. Note the smaller, yellow galaxy on the left. It has passed quite close to the larger galaxy. This near encounter has resulted in the "plumes" of material coming out of it, and a long arm has been drawn out of the "Whirlpool" towards it.
Named "The Perfect Galaxy" by some astronomers because of its wonderfully symmetrical design. This galaxy shows its reddish "HII" regions along its winding arm structure
A beautiful barred spiral at 64 million light years away
The "Veil" nebula threads its way across the constellation Cygnus, covering about 2 1/2 degrees of the night sky. Another supernova remnant scattering heavy elements such as gold, silver, uranium, and titanium etc. into space for incorporation into future solar systems.
Nice group of active prominences on the edge of the sun