Tuesday, June 19, 2012

galaxies of the leo triplet

a recent APOD image showed 2 parts of the galaxy trio known as the leo triplet.  shown at the upper left is messier's 65 catalogued galaxy and the bottom right is Messier 66.

these images were taken by bill snyder in california earlier this year.  below is a focused view of M65.  the distinct dust clouds throughout the spiral arms are striking, as is the little dust lane feeding into the central region of the galaxy!


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