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  • I don't think that's the Pinwheel Galaxy. I think this one is.
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    But, yes, that is a great pic!
  • Dear NASA,

    Just shaddup and take my money already.
  • Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I've found...
  • Is that a giant sun in the center? I did not think that is how galaxies worked.

    /genuinely curious
  • sammyk: Is that a giant sun in the center? I did not think that is how galaxies worked.

    /genuinely curious


    Those are older stars.
  • Amazing how it's directly side on to us so we can see it like that

    /you can't explain that
  • Our existence is so farking trippy when you stop to think about it.
  • ThrnPhl: Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I've found...


    Came here for this, leaving satisfied.

    /LOL1980s
  • The Pinwheel Galaxy is actually in the constellation of Ursa Major (off the handle of the big dipper). Its designation is M101 and it actually looks like a pinwheel unlike the one shown in the Wired pic.

    Link
  • ThrnPhl: Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I've found...


    Ebenezer shakes his gigantic, green head at you.
  • Since when can an entire galaxy be in a constellation?
  • Interesting. At first I thought it was a galaxy with a star in the foreground that was slightly overexposed, but that can't be. Overexposing would not be perfect--it would overexpose in some directions more than others, due to internal reflections and such. Which is why overexposures are often four-pointed start shaped. Nope, none of that in this image, the thing in the middle is definitely a large and perfectly homogenous elliptical cluster, and the "haze" around the center is just the density of stars thinning out.
  • leevis: Since when can an entire galaxy be in a constellation?


    The galaxy in question is indeed within the constellation of Serpens. It may not be one of the objects that forms the asterism, but there are more stars (and objects) within the boundaries of a constellation than the ones that form the primary asterism.

    And to answer your question... since forever.
  • How long until we have an ERMAGHERD SERPENS image macro?
  • Mattyb710: Our existence is so farking trippy when you stop to think about it.


    If only more people would. Maybe we wouldn't be so hung up on our stupid little inconsequential rat race thinking.

    The fact we have pictures so clear and detailed of stuff like this gives me hope people might look and realize there's more to all this.
  • whidbey: Mattyb710: Our existence is so farking trippy when you stop to think about it.

    If only more people would. Maybe we wouldn't be so hung up on our stupid little inconsequential rat race thinking.

    The fact we have pictures so clear and detailed of stuff like this gives me hope people might look and realize there's more to all this.


    Most people seem to just not give a rat's ass about astronomy/cosmology/anything beyond their front yard. I consider myself to be a pretty avid stargazer and find cosmology fascinating, but any time I try to show someone something through a telescope or some picture from Hubble it's almost always followed by some version of "meh".
  • FTA: The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 took this image on July 9, 2001.

    /not news
    //not pinwheel
    ///...
  • whidbey: Mattyb710: Our existence is so farking trippy when you stop to think about it.

    If only more people would. Maybe we wouldn't be so hung up on our stupid little inconsequential rat race thinking.

    The fact we have pictures so clear and detailed of stuff like this gives me hope people might look and realize there's more to all this.


    Hush. The Kardashians are on, don't bother me.
  • What if the universe has already ended and we're just catching up on the highlight reel? Like, what if we already don't exist but our own consciousness is lagging behind by millions of light years?

    /Can I buy some pot from you?
  • No word from minus and plus?
  • 600 million light-years away in the constellation Serpens

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  • had98c: whidbey: Mattyb710: Our existence is so farking trippy when you stop to think about it.

    If only more people would. Maybe we wouldn't be so hung up on our stupid little inconsequential rat race thinking.

    The fact we have pictures so clear and detailed of stuff like this gives me hope people might look and realize there's more to all this.

    Most people seem to just not give a rat's ass about astronomy/cosmology/anything beyond their front yard. I consider myself to be a pretty avid stargazer and find cosmology fascinating, but any time I try to show someone something through a telescope or some picture from Hubble it's almost always followed by some version of "meh".


    It is all in the presentation.

    Lunar eclipses bring a lot of people out and the total solar eclipse in 2017 is going to be a huge event. I have gotten a lot of people in my neighborhood interested based upon little things like the ISS crossing the sky at sundown (which it will be doing around 5:30pm tonight if you are anywhere near Kansas City). They think that is cool based upon how bright it is and how fast it moves. Next, you show them the moon, but not when it is full. With a decent telescope you can see tremendous depth and detail of lunar craters and mares when the moon is between a quarter and a crescent. After that, you show them Saturn (the rings are always a crowd pleaser) and top it off with Jupiter - and with decent aperture and dark skies you can show off the Jovian moons too. After that you show off some of the brighter Messiers. That is how you get them hooked.

    And no, that $200 department store or eBay refractor isn't going to do this
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