An image of Messier 63 has been uploaded

Hi all,

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:

Messier 63. NGC 5055. The Sunflower Galaxy

Enjoy,
Josep

An image of NGC 3132, the Southern Ring Nebula, has been uploaded

Hi all,

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:

NGC 3132. The Eight Burst Nebula. Southern Ring

Enjoy,
Josep

An image of a Planetary Nebula Candidate has been uploaded.

Hi all,

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:

Dr-28. A Planetary Nebula candidate

Enjoy!
Josep

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