Monday, April 07, 2008

Star Struck

The images below from the Simbad astronomical database are shown in the 'negative' so that you can see the stars more clearly!

The image below is of the Cigar Nebula - or M82 by its Messier Catalogue number.
The Catalogue is a list of 110 'objects' most of which were compiled by Charles Messier in 1781. On star charts Messier's objects are shown with the letter 'M'� before each number.











This is the Beehive Cluster - or M44.








And the M58 Barred Spiral Galaxy.








Images of the above objects are currently being taken, using the IAC80 telescope, by the Astronomy Students; Hannah Calcutt, Alex Terris, James Pettler and Claire longbottom - assisted by project supervisor Dr Andrea Dieball and Santiago, the telescope operator.

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