The sky was dark and moonless. Its transparency was excellent.
With this, I was able to see the spiral arms on M81, one the two galaxies known as Bode's Nebula. Usually, I can only see M81 as a blob of light.
M81 Bode's Nebula
|M81 with its spiral arms|
One cannot observe M81 without nudging the scope over to take in M82! They are so close to each other in the sky, it would be sinful not to take a peek.
M82 Bode's Nebula
|M82 with no apparent spiral arms|
M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy
M51 is always fun to observe. Especially when the sky really transparent.
|M51 and companion|
NGC4567 and NGC4568 The Siamese Twin Galaxies
This is a set of unbarred spiral galaxies in the constellation Virgo. These galaxies are in the process of colliding and merging with each other. They were named "Siamese Twins" because they appear to be connected.
I like this image that I captured because it shows more detail than I have previously been able to see.
And finally, here is the Coma Pinwheel Galaxy. It is situated in the southern part of Coma Berenices and is seen almost directly facing us.
It was a good night for observing spiral galaxies.
Have you seen any lately?
I see the M81 spiral arms, cool! So what does the "unbarred" part in "unbarred spiral galaxies" mean? I haven't seen any spiral galaxies lately except on this blog.:-)ReplyDelete