• Photo Gallery - Galaxies
     
    Galaxies are very large collections of stars, from millions, to billions, and even to trillions of stars.  They are all often orbiting a central black hole.  Our galaxy is the Milky Way Galaxy.  It is a barred-spiral galaxy with about 200 billion stars.  Our nearest neighbor that is also a giant spiral galaxy is the Andromeda Galaxy. It is even bigger than the Milky Way Galaxy.


    If a galaxy on the list has an M in front of a number that means it is on the list compiled by Charles Messier.  His list is most of the best objects to see from Earth.


    These are the galaxies in this archive.  These pictures were taken by volunteer astronomers at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD.
     
    M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy
    M81: Bode's Galaxy
    M82: The Cigar Galaxy
    M101: The Pinwheel Galaxy



    M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy

    Photos taken by David Tomlin in early 2014.

    This picture was in color using the red, green, blue, luminance, and H-Alpha filters. These are two galaxies that are interacting and possibly in the process of merging. You can see the string of stars connecting them across the bottom.


    M51

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    M81: Bode's Galaxy

    Photo taken by David Tomlin on June 20, 2012. 

    This picture was taken in black and white only.


    M81

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    M82: The Cigar Galaxy

    Photo taken by David Tomlin in early 2014.

    This picture was taken in black and white only.


    M82

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    M101: The Pinwheel Galaxy
    Photo taken by David Tomlin in early 2014. 

    This picture was taken in full color.


    M101
     
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