Needle Galaxy

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Christopher K.
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Needle Galaxy

Post by Christopher K. » July 6th, 2012, 11:02 pm

May the dark skies come to Baton Rouge soon. Burnham's states that the Needle Galaxy (NGC 4565) can be seen in a ten-inch telescope almost to the diameter which appears on film (film film; the Handbook was revised in the 1970s). The galaxy is only twelve times farther than Andromeda. It also rises very high in the Baton Rouge sky, missing zenith by only seven degrees or so.

Selective dates' times during which the Needle Galaxy is highest in Baton Rouge...
1am = 1 April
midnight = 17 April
11pm = 1 May
10pm = 16 May

Today's APOD is a nice image...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120705.html

More information:
Burnham's Celestial Handbook, p. 688.

Christopher K.
Posts: 4818
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: Needle Galaxy

Post by Christopher K. » September 6th, 2019, 2:41 pm

Galaxies are well-known are being the most commonly-known large components of the Universe. Of course, there are clusters but individual galaxies (early categorized as "island universes") have a certain mystique that even clusters do not possess.

On Saturday 9 November from 1pm to 2pm, Dr. Ivan Agullo will be at Goodwood Library Teen Services as the host of "Where do Galaxies Come From?". The talk is for eleven- to seventeen-year-olds and has no admission fee.

About Dr. Agullo:
https://www.lsu.edu/physics/people/faculty/agullo.php

About the Goodwood Library:
https://www.ebrpl.com/LocationsandHours/ebr.html

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