Monday, October 24, 2011
Coincidental spirals for your Monday pleasure | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine
Coincidental spirals for your Monday pleasure | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine:
There’s some nifty stuff here. M96 is about 36 million light years away — relatively close by, for a big galaxy — and is part of a small group of galaxies called (can you guess?) the M96 Group. This is a small collection of a dozen or so galaxies, much like the small group of galaxies to which we belong, called (can you guess that one?) the Local Group. M96 is about the same size as our galaxy, too: roughly 100,000 light years across.
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