The stunningly colourful Whirlpool Galaxy if you point and Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl, until you get to the handle's last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier's famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is also cataloged as NGC 5194. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (left), NGC 5195. The pair are about 31 million light-years distant and officially lie within the angular boundaries of the small constellation Canes Venatici. Though M51 looks faint and fuzzy to the human eye, the above long-exposure, deep-field image taken earlier this year shows much of the faint complexity that actually surrounds the smaller galaxy. Thousands of the faint dots in background of the featured image are actually galaxies far across the universe, breathtaking.. 🌙✨🌓 #solarsystem#spacetravel#spacewalk#explore#explore#earth#beautiful#space#deepspace#iss#spacex#nebula#cosmos#orion#bigdipper#nasa#interstellar#elon#elonmusk#nasa#falconheavy
The ever popular M81-M82 pairing, found within Ursa Major. Not bad for 12 million light-years away. Will keep working to pull more detail out
M81: Bode’s Galaxy (spiral type)
M82: Cigar Galaxy (irregular type, starburst phase)
Orion SkyView Pro 8” reflector
Canon Rebel T5i
34x20 sec @ ISO1600
Stacked and processed via Nebulosity4
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