Sunday, October 17, 2010

Messier 33 in the Triangulum

Messier 33 in Triangulum is a beautiful galaxy 'only' 3 MLY from us.
Williams Optics 110 Refractor with FR0.8. Astro Phystics 1200 mount.
Canon 40D modified, 13x5min and 13x10 exposures ISO 1600.
With a diameter of about 50,000 light years, the Triangulum galaxy is the third largest member of the Local Group, a group of galaxies which also contains the Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy, and it may be a gravitationally bound companion of the Andromeda Galaxy. Triangulum may be home to 40 billion stars, compared to 400 billion for the Milky Way, and 1000 billion stars for Andromeda.[:)]

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