Hubble Telescope Photographs 12 Amazing Galaxies and Nebulae

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 7:15PM
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 7:15PM
Hubble Telescope Photographs 12 Amazing Galaxies and Nebulae
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NASA, ESA, STScI, and V. Rubin (Carnegie Institution of Washington), D. Maoz (Tel Aviv University/Wise Observatory) and D. Fisher (University of Maryland
Famous astronomer Charles Messier was known for tracking down comets in the 1700s - however, he kept finding more stationary objects which clearly weren't comets, and angrily made a note of these objects whenever he found one.

These 103 (later 110) objects came to be known as the "Messier objects", and contain tons of far off galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters that Messier couldn't get a good look at during his time - all he knew was that they weren't the comets he wanted. But we're a little bit more advanced nowadays, and the Hubble Space Telescope has been tracking down and taking photos of these objects.

NASA recently just updated their list of Messier objects with 12 new photographs. It just so happens that this year's "Messier Marathon" is in full swing, a brief period of time when all 110 objects are visible in the night sky for stargazers to find.



You can see the new images below:

M58: NASA, ESA, STScI and D. Maoz (Tel Aviv University/Wise Observatory)


M59: NASA, ESA, STScI, and W. Jaffe (Sterrewacht Leiden) and P. Côté (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory)


M62: NASA, ESA, STScI, and S. Anderson (University of Washington) and J. Chaname (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)


M75: NASA, ESA, STScI, and G. Piotto (Università degli Studi di Padova) and E. Noyola (Max Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik)


M86: NASA, ESA, STScI, and S. Faber (University of California, Santa Cruz) and P. Côté (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory)


M88: NASA, ESA, STScI and M. Stiavelli (STScI)


M89: NASA, ESA, STScI, and M. Franx (Universiteit Leiden) and S. Faber (University of California, Santa Cruz)


M90: NASA, ESA, STScI, and V. Rubin (Carnegie Institution of Washington), D. Maoz (Tel Aviv University/Wise Observatory) and D. Fisher (University of Maryland)


M95: NASA, ESA, STScI, and D. Calzetti (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and R. Chandar (University of Toledo)


M98: NASA, ESA, STScI and V. Rubin (Carnegie Institution of Washington)


M108 (The "Surfboard Galaxy": NASA, ESA, STScI and G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz)


M110: NASA, ESA, STScI and D. Geisler (Universidad de Concepción)
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