From Manu: “From the chain to messier 64”

Manu Garcia, a friend from IAC.

The universe around us.
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This colorful and broad telescopic mosaic links the chain of galaxies galaxies through the nucleus of the virgo cluster to the dusty spiral Galaxy Messier 64.

Galaxies are scattered across the field of vision that extends around 20 full moons Through a beautiful night sky.

The Cosmic Frame is also full of foreground stars from the Virgo constellations and the well prepared Coma, and weak, Dusty Nebulae that move above the plane of the milky way. Look carefully at it’s eyes. The famous pair of interacting galaxies are close to the top, not far from Messier 87, the giant elliptical galaxy of the Virgo cluster. At the bottom, you can look down Messier 64, also known as the black eye galaxy. The Virgo cluster is the cluster of galaxies closest to our own local group of galaxies.

Local Group. Andrew Z. Colvin 3 March 2011

The Virgo cluster galaxies are about 50 million light-years away, but Messier 64 is only 17 million light-years away.

Image Credit and rights reserved: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (deep colors of heaven)

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