The Galaxy Around Us

black hole M87

This shot is of a black hole shooting off a streamer from the center of Galaxy M87, approx 5000 light years long. M87 is about 300 million light years from Earth.

spiral galaxies collide

A shot of spiral galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163 colliding. 114 million years from earth.

Both pictures come from the Hubble Telescope. Another great site is the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

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2 Responses to “The Galaxy Around Us”

  1. ortho says:

    Have you checked out the new sky feature on Google Earth. You might like it. It allows users to explores space from the comfort of their own homes.

    http://earth.google.com/sky/index.html

  2. I’ve seen it, Ortho, but, thanks for the link, I had kinda forgotten about it. Stuff like that is seriously awesome.

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