Friday, December 15, 2006

NGC 1055 and M77


Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler
Explanation: Large spiral galaxy NGC 1055 (top left) joins spiral M77 in this lovely cosmic view toward the constellation Cetus. The narrowed, dusty appearance of edge-on spiral NGC 1055 contrasts nicely with the face-on view of M77's bright nucleus and spiral arms. Both over 100,000 light-years across, the pair are dominant members of a small galaxy group about 60 million light-years away. At that estimated distance, M77 is one of the most remote objects in Charles Messier's catalog and is separated from fellow island universe NGC 1055 by at least 500,000 light-years. The mosaicked field is about the size of the full Moon on the sky and includes colorful foreground Milky Way stars (with diffraction spikes) along with more distant background galaxies.
Revelation 12:12"Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."

7 comments:

brooke said...

Hmm... It puts me in the mood for some Trek!

The Merry Widow said...

Star Wars!

tmw

Gayle said...

"Star Wars!" LOL!

Gorgeous! Merry Christmas, Eyes! :)

Eyes said...

LOL Brooke! It does look like something from the window of the USS Starship Enterprise!

Eyes said...

Merry Christmas to you too:>)

The Merry Widow said...

Gayle- Original, "Cold War" Trek, not the pc crappe that is shoveled at us!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

Eyes said...

Good point tmw!!!