Galaxies

Category archives for Galaxies

“To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think. The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.” ‐Jarod Kintz But for the Universe, although it’s constantly changing, growing in a gravitational sense…

“Man must rise above the Earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” -Socrates It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two years since we started our Messier Monday series, and so with only 110 objects to go through, we’re…

“Ali always said I would be nothing without him. But what would he have been without me?” -Joe Frazier We don’t normally think of deep-sky objects — seemingly fixed structures in the sky — as fighting for their lives, but when you’re a spiral galaxy caught in a gravitational storm, that’s exactly what you’re up against!…

“What you do is, you have your drawing board and a pencil in hand at the telescope. You look in and you make some markings on the paper and you look in again.” -Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto We often make a big distinction between professional and amateur today, and very rarely expect to find amateurs whose…

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” -Dr. Seuss With 110 objects in the Messier catalogue, and 40 galaxies (more than any other class of object), you…

“The line that describes the beautiful is elliptical. It has simplicity and constant change. It cannot be described by a compass, and it changes direction at every one of its points.” -Rudolf Arnheim It’s not every day that a nearby, well-studied galaxy turns your understanding of an entire class of common objects — in this…

“All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.” -Victor Hugo During all other full Moons, I wouldn’t dare show you a galaxy for Messier Monday. But when you get…

“When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time.” -Orison Swett Marden Every Messier…

“I recognize my limits, but when I look around I realise I am not living, exactly, in a world of giants.” -Giulio Andreotti There are a huge number of deep-sky objects visible from Earth, and every Monday — with the Messier Monday series — I’ve made it my goal to tell you about one of…

“We’ll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one’s been.” -Tool A beautifully undisturbed, large spiral can be found right at the heart of the Virgo Cluster. Sure, looking at the heart of the Virgo Cluster on its own, you might totally overlook today’s Messier object. But you sure would…