The Pinwheel Galaxy to End the Year!

  • Carl Crum ’24

For the final Quad Drop this school year, I give the SHP community something special that I’ve been working on for the past month: the Pinwheel Galaxy! With its royal blue spiral arms, pink-red hydrogen alpha regions, and dark central dust lanes, this face-on galaxy is one of the most popular deepsky targets for astronomy enthusiasts to photograph. The Pinwheel Galaxy, which is also known as Messier 101, is almost twice the size of our Milky Way galaxy and contains a whopping 1 trillion stars!

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