Archive for June, 2013

Messier 77, A Seyfert in Cetus

by on Jun.28, 2013, under Image Gallery

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Messier 77 is a barred-spiral galaxy that is located in the constellation Cetus. This galaxy resides 47 million light-years from Earth, and it is the brightest galaxy of its class. M77 spans 170,000 light-years, and it is one of the largest galaxies in Charles Messier’s catalog.

Data acquired and reduced by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Data processed by: Salvatore Grasso
Exposure time: 26 hours
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico

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M82, a starburst galaxy

by on Jun.24, 2013, under Image Gallery

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Messier 82 is an active starburst type galaxy located approximately 12 million light-years from our Milky Way. Messier 82 has a bipolar outflow of material streaming from its galactic nucleus. This outflow, also known as a superwind, is thought to be fueled by supernova explosions.   A supermassive black hole is known to reside in the core of this edge-on galaxy.

Data acquired and reduced by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Data processed by: Salvatore Grasso
Exposure time: 30 hours
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico

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NGC7635, Bubble Nebula

by on Jun.16, 2013, under Image Gallery

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The Bubble Nebula is located 7,800 light-years from Earth towards the constellation Cassiopeia. NGC7635 is surrounded by a vast HII molecular cloud that glows red as hydrogen atoms are ionized.  Young stars are forming in some of the globules depicted in this image. These globules form as parts of the molecular cloud collapse and continue to contract under their own gravitational force.

Data acquired and reduced by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Data processed by: Salvatore Grasso
Exposure time: 35 hours
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico

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NGC891, an edge-on spiral galaxy

by on Jun.14, 2013, under Image Gallery

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NGC891 is an edge-on spiral galaxy located in the constellation Andromeda. It was discovered in 1784 by William Herschel. The galaxy lies 30 million light years from our own Milky Way. Infrared observations of NGC891 suggest that it may be a barred spiral galaxy, but its orientation prevents us from seeing the bar in visible light.

Data acquired and reduced by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Data processed by: Salvatore Grasso
Exposure time: 28 hours
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico

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IC434, Horsehead Nebula

by on Jun.11, 2013, under Image Gallery

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Considered one of the most photographed objects in the sky, the Horsehead Nebula resides 1,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Orion. This dark nebula represents a cloud of dust and non-luminous gas that appears to represent a horse’s head. Williamina Fleming, one of the most renowned female astronomers ever, became the first person to observe the horse head like structure on a photographic plate.

Data acquired and reduced by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Data processed by: Salvatore Grasso
Exposure time: 32 hours
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico

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