Triangulum galaxy

Posted: June 9, 2014 in Astronomy


The Triangulum Galaxy (AKA Messier 33 or NGC 598) is a spiral galaxy at a distance of 3,000,000 light years from the Earth. it is also sometimes known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, although this is rather confusing as this name is also used for Messier 101. It was first documented by Hodierna in 1654 and under good conditions can just about be made out with the naked eye. The Galaxy is 50,000 light years in diameter and is estimated to contain approximately 40,000,000,000 stars. It has a close, although not well defined, association with the Andromeda Galaxy. Some astronomers believe that the two may have collided in the past, whilst others believe that a collision between the two galaxies will occur sometime in the future.

As well as taking the photo above, I also tried some filtered shots, but am not very happy with the outcome. I have seen some infrared shots of this galaxy, which look very good, but on this occasion little seems to have been recorded. Oh well, we’ll have to try again.

Red Filter

Red Filter


Infra-Red filter

Infra-Red filter

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