Friday, 25 February 2011

A Pair of Galaxies

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At last a clear evening!  Allowing Bizibilder to take this image of the two galaxies M81 or Bode’s Galaxy 12million light years away (the spiral one) and M82 or cigar Galaxy also 12 million light years away (also a spiral but seen “edge on”).  The two Galaxies really are close together and do interact gravitationally.  (1h 42m of exposure in 2min “subs” SW200P, HEQ5, Canon 1000D). (North is to the right). (I just swapped the photo for a better processed one – slightly less blue!)

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