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Daily Astronomy Blurb: NGC 3717: A Nearly Sideways Spiral Galaxy

Some spiral galaxies are seen nearly sideways. Most bright stars in spiral galaxies swirl around the center in a disk, and seen from the side, this disk can be appear quite thin. Some spiral galaxies appear even thinner than NGC 3717, which is actually seen tilted just a bit. Spiral galaxies form disks because the original gas collided with itself and cooled as it fell inward. Planets may orbit in disks for similar reasons. The featured image by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a light-colored central bulge composed of older stars beyond filaments of orbiting dark brown dust. NGC 3717 spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 60 million light years away toward the constellation of the Water Snake (Hydra).
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ACAC News


Agenda for the upcoming monthly meeting, Oct. 27 from 7-9 at Wilmot Community Centre, includes:
Rolly presenting the November Sky Calendar,
Pierre detailing the Perseus constellation,
Aaron unwrapping gravity waves,
Rolly discussing near-sky phenomena,
and Michael updating on extra-solar planets,
with a video on tundra methane to top things off.
Come on out and explore the universe.
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Posted 1 month ago

John Nangreaves

There will be cloudy nights ahead. Sorry.Sorry about the upcoming cloudy nights. ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 2 months ago

Athena Community Astronomy Club

Reminder: September meeting on Sunday evening, 7 - 9 at Wilmot Community Centre (Gillespie Street off Water, behind Shell / Needs). ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 2 months ago

Athena Community Astronomy Club

Jupiter bright, and Saturn light just beyond the handle of Sagittarius asterism in lower left, and then onward to the center of the galaxy. Oh, and of course an intruding satellite which is almost an impossibility to avoid nowadays. ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 3 months ago

Athena Community Astronomy Club

Don't forget there is a monthly meeting this coming Sunday evening, 7-9 p.m., at Wilmot Community Centre (off Water East behind the Needs convenience / Shell gas outlet. ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 3 months ago

Athena Community Astronomy Club

Don't forget the BBQ / Perseid (weather permitting) evening at the Nangreaves' in Bedeque, on Sunday. John says anytime after three. ... See MoreSee Less