Wednesday, November 01, 2006

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More pictures from amateur astronomers:

These pictures of deep space objects (DSOs) are taken by amateur astronomer Ginger Mayfield from USA. The picture at left is that of the great Andromeda galaxy. Improvements in imaging equipment (digital cameras and telescopes) means that anyone with that spark of curiosity patience and perseverance can take pictures like these from terra firma itself. You can see more at her website:

The picture at left (click the pic to view full size) shows an edge -on view of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Both galaxies are what are called Spiral Galaxies. These have a dense central core of trillions of stars (and maybe black holes) and spiral arms radiating away.