Archives: Galaxies


The Andromeda Galaxy is the closest Galaxy to our own Milky Way, but where our Milky Way contains between 100-400 million stars the Andromeda Galaxy has more than 1 billion stars.  

/ April 11, 2016
The Whale Galaxy

The Whale Galaxy

The Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631) NGC 4631, also known as the Whale Galaxy, contains a central starburst which is a region of intense star formation. The strong star formation is evident in the emission from ionized hydrogen and interstellar dust heated by the...

/ December 20, 2015
Centaurus HST-ESO-LL

Centaurus A

Also known as  NGC 5128, Centaurus A is the closest active Galaxy to our Milky Way at only 11 million light years away (when I say close, I mean space close). The center of the galaxy contains a supermassive black hole...

/ November 20, 2015

Messier 94

This image shows the galaxy Messier 94, which lies in the small northern constellation of the Hunting Dogs, about 16 million light-years away. Within the bright ring or starburst ring around Messier 94, new stars are forming at a high...

/ November 3, 2015
Milky Way as seen from Earth

Milky Way

The Milky Way is the Galaxy in which you and I find ourselves reading this webpage at the moment. It is estimated to be some 100,000 light years in diameter, although recently we have begun to suspect that it is...

/ November 3, 2015