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Pic Of The Day 19th April

Discussion in 'TOSAH Archive' started by Markjcj, 19 Apr 2003.

  1. Markjcj

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Nov 2002

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    Todays pic is another case of being posted just for sheer beauty, another galaxy and just as good as the last one IMHO.:)

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    Spiral Galaxy In Centaurus

    Centaurus, the Centaur, is one of the most striking constellations in the southern sky. The lovely Milky Way flows through this large constellation whose celestial wonders also include the closest star to the sun, Alpha Centauri, the largest globular star cluster in our galaxy, Omega Centauri, and the closest active galaxy, Centaurus A. Embraced by tightly wound spiral arms of bright blue star clusters, this gorgeous galaxy - catalogued as ESO 269-57 - also falls within Centaurus' borders. Seen behind a veil of foreground stars which lie within our own galaxy, this face-on spiral galaxy is about 150 million light-years away and 200,000 light-years across. The brighter foreground stars are marked by diffraction spikes caused by the telescope and yellow vertical stripes due to saturated digital camera pixels in the above Very Large Telescope image from the European Southern Observatory. Tantalising wisps of more distant, faint galaxies are visible in the background.

    Credit: FORS1, VLT, ESO

    A higher resolution version of this pic can be found here, this is a 672K Jpeg image.


    Previous Pic Of The Day posts

    18th Apr 03
    16th Apr 03
    14th Apr 03
    12th Apr 03
    11th Apr 03
    09th Apr 03
    08th Apr 03
     
  2. Mandex001

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Bideford, Devon.

    Very nice mate, and today I didnt have to wait to see the pic - god bless ADSL
     
  3. Biffa

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 30 Oct 2002

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    Location: Surrey

    5*'s of lovelyness s'ah :D