Today, another Messier galaxy has been uploaded: M63, the Sunflower Galaxy. This galaxy has a weakly active nucleus and is classified as LINER. Remarkable in this galaxy is the presence of a very conspicuous star stream around it. This stream was discovered through a collaboration between amateur and professional astronomers in 2011. You can find the image as well as additional information at:
An image of the galaxy NGC 3898 has been uploaded. This galaxy, catalogued as LINER (galaxies with active nuclei but with low-ionization emission lines), shows slower rotating velocity than expected. This might be due to a massive dark matter halo. You can find it at:
An image of NGC 3132, the Southern Ring Nebula, has been uploaded. This planetary nebula shows a good resemblance with M57, the Ring Nebula, but it is located in the Southern Hemisphere. The nebula itself seems to have the structure of a “diabolo”, meaning a “double-cup”, although it is seen from a perspective that does not show it as clearly as the Bug Nebula. You can find the image and more info at:
An image of IC 405, the Flaming Star Nebula has been uploaded. In this case, the “Flaming Star”, AE Aurigae, is at least as interesting as the nebula that it ionizes (IC 405). You can find more info as well as the image at:
The image, that has been just uploaded, is of Dr-28, an extremely faint Planetary Nebula candidate. It belongs to the Drechsler Catalog and, despite its clear resemblance to a real PN, it has not yet been confirmed.
This image is the first color image ever taken of this object. In order to grab it, more than 68 hours of exposure were taken. You can see it at:
An image of Sh2-114 (The so called Flying Dragon nebula) has been uploaded. It is a very faint object with a very intricate structure, most probably due to the interaction of strong stellar winds with the surrounding magnetic fields. You can find it at:
An image of M103, an open cluster, has been uploaded. Even being far away, 10,000 ly, this small cluster has many blue supergiants, with a very prominent red giant in its center. You can see the image and some more info at: