The Astronomy Page is in a STATE OF REVISION! - 1.20.2014

Our Solar System is moving through space at about 12 miles per second in the direction of the star Vega, 25.3 light years distant.

Dr. Carl Sagan was the first in history
to attempt to demonstrate to the lay public what it may be like to travel at light speed.
His lifelong create interest in the Cosmos.

Just a note about telescopes: The more aperture you can afford, the more fUn!
I have a little 90mm Meade Maksutov-Cassegrain....I think it's a year or two before the Autostar controller came out.
I've heard best bang for the buck is Dobsonian.

A Few Brief Notes on Galaxies
In 1784, Charles Messier compiled his famous list of fuzzy objects in the sky. More than a century later in 1888, the New General Catalogue (NGC) list was created by J.L.E. Dreyer.
Our closest galactic neighbors (approximately 2 dozen galaxies) are known as "The Local Group" of galaxies.
In the 1920's, Edwin Hubble classified spiral galaxies with an "S" followed by an a, b, or c depending on how tightly wound the arms around the galactic center.
Understanding The Law of Red Shift will help you to visualize the immensity of the Cosmos.

Have a look at another favorite object - M104 - NGC4594 is in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies - about 65 million light years.
Read about LIGHTSPEED and the properties of LIGHT.
Go to the Lightspeed Sector.


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