Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 5965 and NGC 5963 in Draco
Posted on 02/16/2012 3:33:03 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: These two spiral galaxies make a photogenic pair, found within the boundaries of the northern constellation Draco. Contrasting in color and orientation, NGC 5965 is nearly edge-on to our line of sight and dominated by yellow hues, while bluish NGC 5963 is closer to face-on. Of course, even in this well-framed cosmic snapshot the scene is invaded by other galaxies, including small elliptical NGC 5969 at the lower left. Brighter, spiky stars in our own Milky Way are scattered through the foreground. Though they seem to be close and of similar size, galaxies NGC 5965 and NGC 5963 are far apart and unrelated, by chance appearing close on the sky. NGC 5965 is about 150 million light-years distant and over 200,000 light-years across. Much smaller, NGC 5963 is a mere 40 million light-years away and so is not associated with the edge-on spiral. Difficult to follow, NGC 5963's extraordinarily faint blue spiral arms mark it as a low surface brightness galaxy.
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[Credit & Copyright: Stephen Leshin]
Very cool, SunkenCiv!!
Cool. Do you happen to have one of Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra?
The time/distances involved here are just staggering.
:’) It’s only a matter of time, we’ve already got Juliet on the balcony.
“Cool. Do you happen to have one of Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra?”
Did the walls fall?
I’m fairly certain they did, but I’d have to confirm it with Shaka.
What is man that you are mindful of him,
and a son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him little less than a god,
crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
put all things at his feet:
All sheep and oxen,
even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord,
how awesome is your name through all the earth!
- Psalm 8:4-10
No wonder they’re winking at us, LOL! They’re a lot farther apart than they look.
how many of those other points of light galaxies? The vastness of space...
Thank you! I was just thinking of that very same passage when I refreshed and saw you posted it.....
You are SO right. I had the same thought a minute ago, and it took my breath away.
The magnificence and the scope of God's Creation... there simply are no words for it.