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#794088 - 11/24/12 11:28 PM Cetus the Sea Monster  
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Whale or monster? Benign plankton-eating creature? No, a terrifying colossus, a hybrid with gaping jaws and the powerful scaly coils of a sea serpent. This is the constellation Cetus. The monster fell to the hero Perseus, but the stars and deep sky objects are impressive.

Cetus the Sea Monster

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#924316 - 11/10/17 06:47 PM Re: Cetus the Sea Monster [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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The beautiful edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 1055 is 60 million light years away in the constellation Cetus. It's a bit larger than the Milky Way. The star-forming regions, which are pinkish, are found in the winding dust lanes along the disk of the galaxy. A boxy halo shows faint, narrow structures that could represent the mixed and spread-out debris from a satellite galaxy that this larger spiral disrupted.

Image Credit & Copyright: Processing - Robert Gendler, Roberto Colombari
Data - European Southern Observatory, Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), et al.


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#924342 - 11/12/17 06:25 AM Re: Cetus the Sea Monster [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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Messier 77 (NGC 1068) is a face-on spiral galaxy some 47 million light years away in the constellation Cetus. It's about 100 thousand light-years across.

It's classified as a Seyfert galaxy because it's an active galaxy with a compact, very bright core. The activity is due to a supermassive black hole.

Hubble data were used to make this image which shows "winding spiral arms traced by obscuring dust clouds and red-tinted star forming regions close in to the galaxy's luminous core."

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, André van der Hoeven


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