In Episode SH016 of Star Hopping…
We’ll use our star hopping techniques to show you how to find the spiral galaxy Messier 106, the grand design face-on spiral Messier 101, also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, and finally we are amazed by the famous Whirlpool Galaxy, also catalogued as Messier 51.
So we’re back to locating deep sky objects this week after our Star Hopping ‘Extra” last time, where we learned about the different types of galaxies. Good thing, because as promised, we’ll be looking at galaxies for several weeks going forward. There might be a globular cluster or two thrown in for good measure.
In this episode we’re looking at three spiral galaxies, one tilted from our perspective and the last two we view as face on spirals. I do need to say that these three targets are viewed best after midnight during this time of January, to allow them to get some altitude so we can see them better. Over the next several months they will climb closer to the zenith, and as I mentioned last week, with galaxies and mostly all deep sky object, the higher, the better. So don’t forget to revisit these galactic beauties in your observing sessions in the coming months…
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Credits for this Episode
- Star Chart Images & Simulations Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy http://SkySafariAstronomy.com.
- M106 image by David Hearn / Kissimmee Park Observatory
- M101 image by David Hearn / Kissimmee Park Observatory
- M51 image by David Hearn / Kissimmee Park Observatory