Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fact of the Day: Whirlpool Galaxy

One of the earliest discoveries of a galaxy was in 1773 by Charles Messier, with later notable research done later by William Parsons. It became known as the Whirlpool Galaxy which is about 25 million light years away from Earth. It also is located next to a dwarf galaxy that interacts with it. 

15 comments:

Fundy Blue said...

This photo is one of my favorite galaxy pictures. It's hard to imagine that we've only known about galaxies less than 300 years. Look how far we've come in such a short time!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Quite Beautiful.

Emmylou said...

Stunning photo:) And Adam, find someone with HBO so you can see the season online!

Bob Bushell said...

Nice one Adam.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That is really cool!

Pat Hatt said...

So much out there

Margaret D said...

Another world up there.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The sacred spiral of life in action!

Al Penwasser said...

The Whirlpool Galaxy is easily identified by the millions of kitchen appliances in its spiral arms.
Too silly for early in the morning? Sorry.

stephen Hayes said...

Hard to comprehend all the stars in that amazing spiral.

Pilar Domínguez said...

Nice name for a galaxy and the other, too, ( Dwarf galaxy) Kisses:)

Kati said...

Crazy how early people have been discovering these things...and yet the church didn't want to hear it.

-Kati

Linda said...

Fascinating.

Joy said...

Amazing fact!

Theresa Mahoney said...

So pretty, and so interesting all the universe holds!