Current APOD

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DaveHew
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Current APOD

Post by DaveHew » Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:42 am

As far as today's APOD(CG4), I am very intrigued by the 'asterism'
below and to the left of the edge on galaxy. It is an almost perfect
circle of stars. I know it is only a matter of perspective but it is
unusual.

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Indigo_Sunrise
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Post by Indigo_Sunrise » Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:11 pm

The circular asterism is indeed unusual! :D
I, OTOH, would like to know which galaxy it is that looks as though it's about to be devoured by that cometary globule. Any help?

EDIT: Nevermind, I found a detailed explanation here:

http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/html/im1000.html

Hope that works. Anyway, lots of good info and further links there. (Whew! I'm almost tired of reading! :D)

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if it' big if it's purple It's the Eggplant That Ate Chicago

Post by kovil » Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:37 pm

That's no cometary globule !

That's the Eggplant That Ate Chicago !!

After it eats that Galaxy it's coming back here to finish the job it started !!

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Post by orin stepanek » Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:12 pm

Reminds me of the doomsday machine in Star trek.
Orin

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NoelC
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Re: Current APOD

Post by NoelC » Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:09 pm

DaveHew wrote:As far as today's APOD(CG4), I am very intrigued by the 'asterism' below and to the left of the edge on galaxy. It is an almost perfect circle of stars. I know it is only a matter of perspective but it is
unusual.
I know what you mean! The more astrophotos I shoot the more I see unusual and unexpected things in the lineups of stars. Have a close look around the center belt star in Orion (Alnilam), or at the long lines of bright stars in M4, for example.

-Noel