View Full Version : Astrophoto: NGC 4631 by Bernd Wallner

2006-May-30, 04:17 PM
SUMMARY: People have populated the night sky with animals, mythical heroes, and scientific instruments by connecting the stars into constellations. Similar leaps of imagination have also led observers to give names to nebulas and galaxies based on their resemblance. Thus, M51 is called the Whirlpool Galaxy, M27 is named the Dumbbell Nebula and M57 is known as the Ring. NGC 4631 reminded someone of a Whale, complete with barnacles, and like a harpoon the name stuck to it.

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