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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Ooooooh, shiny!

A beautiful and very detailed image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, taken by the Hubble space telescope! The image is the largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy ever made by Hubble.


The Pinwheel Galaxy

This image of the Pinwheel Galaxy was put together from 51 different exposures,
mostly made by Hubble. [Image: NASA/ESA]



From New Scientist:

About 10 years of observations with Hubble, as well as images from powerful ground-based telescopes such as the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii, US, were superimposed to create this image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, or M101.

The galaxy is 170,000 light years across — nearly twice the size of the Milky Way &$151; and takes up an area of the sky equivalent to one-fifth the size of a full Moon. It lies about 25 million light years from Earth — about 10 times as far as our nearest large neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy.

At that distance, Hubble can still resolve individual stars. "But if you get much further away than M101, it can't," says Kip Kuntz, an astronomer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Johns Hopkins University, both in Maryland, US.

You can read the full New Scientist article on the Pinwheel photo here, and you can view a very large version of the image if you go over here.

HubbleSite has more info on the image, plus wallpaper images and a printable version of the Pinwheel image if you go here.

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