sffilmstagemusic wrote:Good Evening: I've asked about them before, and I'm still curious about the "owl's eyes" in the lower left hand corner of the picture (this time, they have a pink glow). I can't possibly be the first person to have observed them (can I?), but if no one else has given them a name, may I declare them to known henceforth and forever more as The Owl's Eyes?
My software has no name for them.
They are, of course, two spiral galaxies. You can see them in the lower left in this Hubble image
. As you can see, they are two interacting spiral galaxies. They appear to be almost exactly the same shape and also the same size.
In today's APOD, these two galaxies are intensely red. What does that mean? It means that they are very dusty. M104 only has a thin dust lane, but the two "twin galaxies" are full of dust. Almost certainly, they are also full of star formation.