Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Amateur Astronomers Enhance M106 Pic From Hubble Space Telescope

Amateur Astronomers Help Hubble Reveal M106

Robert Gendler stitched together a stunning mosaic of spiral galaxy M106, filling in gaps in Hubble coverage with his own and Jay GaBany's ground-based observations.

Robert Gendler created this image by combining Hubble observations of M106 with additional ground-based observations from his own and Jay GaBany's telescopes. Click for a larger version.
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and R. Gendler

M106, a magnificent spiral galaxy, lies just 23.5 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. Hubble Space Telescope captured this stunning image with the aid of Robert Gendler, a physician, amateur astronomer, and S&T contributing photographer. Gendler retrieved archival Hubble images of M106 to assemble a mosaic of the galaxy’s center, filling in the gaps where Hubble had little or no coverage with his own and fellow astrophotographer Jay GaBany’s observations.

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Source: Sky and Telescope Magazine.


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