Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 6384: Spiral Beyond the Stars
Posted on 07/05/2013 9:20:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: The universe is filled with galaxies. But to see them astronomers must look out beyond the stars of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. This colorful Hubble Space Telescopic portrait features spiral galaxy NGC 6384, about 80 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus. At that distance, NGC 6384 spans an estimated 150,000 light-years, while the Hubble close-up of the galaxy's central region is about 70,000 light-years wide. The sharp image shows details in the distant galaxy's blue star clusters and dust lanes along magnificent spiral arms, and a bright core dominated by yellowish starlight. Still, the individual stars seen in the picture are all in the relatively close foreground, well within our own galaxy. The brighter Milky Way stars show noticeable crosses, or diffraction spikes, caused by the telescope itself.
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Where’s The FENCE!
Noting their mention of diffraction spikes on the foreground stars, I always wondered why the Hubble didn’t have a curved vane spider. My Newt has two curved vanes, each with a different radius. No diffraction spikes at all.
Eh it’s all from the primordial goo....how I look at the heavens in awe and wonder!!
So very amazing!
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.