Galaxies

Well, let's see....our Milky Way galaxy contains somewhere between two hundred and four hundred billion stars and scientists estimate there may be one hundred to two hundred billion (and perhaps as many as five hundred billion) galaxies in our universe...  The expanse of our universe simply cannot be comprehended.

 

Galaxies come in all different shapes and sizes.  Scientists have come up with 3 (very) broad categories, spirals, ellipticals and irregulars.  The images on this page are mainly of spiral galaxies and their variations.

 

The fact that these images show how the galaxies looked 25, 50 or hundreds of millions of years ago is, to me, one of the most fascinating aspects of astrophotography...

 

M106
M106
Stephans Quintet and Deer Lick Group
Stephans Quintet and Deer Lick Group
Bodes Galaxy - M81
Bodes Galaxy - M81

NGC 4725
NGC 4725
NGC 3521
NGC 3521
Whirlpool Galaxy
Whirlpool Galaxy

M81 and M82
M81 and M82
Sunflower Galaxy
Sunflower Galaxy
M104
M104

NGC 4565
NGC 4565
M106
M106
M109
M109

NGC 2841
NGC 2841
Andromeda Galaxy
Andromeda Galaxy
Bodes Galaxy
Bodes Galaxy

M64
M64
Sculptor Galaxy
Sculptor Galaxy
NGC 3344
NGC 3344


Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory