Monday, August 7, 2017
The M81 Galaxy Group through the Integrated Flux Nebula - UNIVERSE
Distant galaxies and nearby nebulas highlight this deep image of the M81 Group of galaxies. First and foremost in this 80-exposure mosaic is the grand design spiral galaxy M81, the largest galaxy in the image, visible on the lower right. M81 isgravitationally interacting with M82 just above it, a large galaxy with an unusual halo of filamentary red-glowing gas.
Around the image many other galaxies from the M81 Group of galaxies can be seen, as well as many foreground Milky Way stars. This wholegalaxy menagerie is seen through the glow of an Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN), a vast and complex screen of diffuse gas and dust also in our Milky Way Galaxy. Details of the red and yellow IFN, digitally enhanced, were imaged by a new wide-field camera recently installed at the Teide Observatory in the Canary Islandsof Spain.
Image and info via APOD https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Image Credit & Copyright : D. Lopez & A. Rosenberg, IAC