Saturday, 5 August 2017

Spiral Galaxy M106 in Canes Venatici Bandana

Spiral Galaxy M106 in Canes Venatici Bandana
Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series: Messier 106 (also known as NGC 4258) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Pierre M├ęchain in 1781.…


Gravity's Grin

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Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, published over 100 years ago, predicted the phenomenon of gravitational lensing. And that's what gives these distant galaxies such a whimsical appearance, seen through the looking glass of X-ray and optical image data from the Chandra and Hubble space telescopes. Nicknamed the Cheshire Cat galaxy group, the group's two large elliptical galaxies are suggestively framed by arcs. The arcs are optical images of distant background galaxies lensed by the foreground group's total distribution of gravitational mass. Of course, that gravitational mass is dominated by dark matter. The two large elliptical "eye" galaxies represent the brightest members of their own galaxy groups which are merging. Their relative collisional speed of nearly 1,350 kilometers/second heats gas to millions of degrees producing the X-ray glow shown in purple hues. Curiouser about galaxy group mergers? The Cheshire Cat group grins in the constellation Ursa Major, some 4.6 billion light-years away.

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A Ride for the Red Planet

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Step inside this Mars rover concept vehicle created as part of the Kennedy Space Center’s “Summer of Mars” campaign to celebrate advances in exploration of the planet.
via New York Times