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Favourite Galaxies

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Pete, 31 Aug 2007.

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  1. Milky Way

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  2. M31 Andromeda

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  3. M33 Triangulum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. M74 Pisces

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. M83 Hydra

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  6. M100 Coma

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. M101 Ursa Major

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. NGC 2903 Leo

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. NGC 7331 Pegasus

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. NGC 4565 Coma

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Well, I had to think of a poll even sillier than Melvil's 'favourite planet' poll, so I just thought I'd sort out some of the galaxy piccies I've collected through my telescope over the last couple of years.

    The question is: which of these galaxies would you like to live in, given the choice? I've included the Milky Way, just in case you prefer to stay put, but I haven't included a picture: getting a view from 'outside' is rather difficult! Note that these galaxies are all at different distances and the pictures are of rather varying quality.

    Firstly, the one everyone knows about, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, M31. Distance 2.5 million lightyears.
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    Next, M33, in Triangulum, another nearby one. Distance 3 million lightyears.
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    M74 in Pisces, 35 million lightyears.
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    M83 in Hydra, a mere 15 million lightyears. Not easy to see from Europe!
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    M100, in Coma Berenices, at 60 million lightyears.
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    M101, the 'pinwheel' in Ursa Major (near the Plough handle), 27 million lightyears.
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    NGC 2903 in Leo, 20 million lightyears.
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    NGC 7331 in Pegasus, 46 million lightyears.
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    And finally, NGC 4565, an edge on view of this one, another in Coma Berenices, 31 million lightyears.
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  2. Hover Fly

    Hover Fly Lover of the bunny

    I would be quite happy to stay in this galaxy, but on a planet orbiting one of the stars in the Pleiades.
     
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I agree with Hover Fly.
    Knowing nothing about astrology (nor astronomy ;)) my favourite constellation is also Pleiades, in the sign of Taurus. I spend hours looking at it through shaky binoculars!
     
  4. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    I'd choose the Great Andromeda Galaxy, it wouldn't take so long to get there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    I like the one with caramel in, although quite a few shops seem to stock only the plain ones, or the ones with nuts in:wacko:
     
  6. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Galaxies are amazing....as is the whole univers...
    I own an excellent book called 'Universe' by Ted Smart....the information is excellent and mind boggling.
    Milky Way gets my vote being local.....and a nice little choccy treat that doesn't fill you up between meal times. ;)
     
  7. cisamcgu

    cisamcgu Veteran

    Location:
    Merseyside-ish
    I'll pick M31, since it is close (and I have actually seen it through my telescope). I rather like M51 though. I've never seen it, but the pictures of it are stunning ;)


    Andrew
     
  8. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    I also pick Andromeda as it would give a great 'crash view' when it eventually collides with our own galaxy!!*




    *Of course this will be many millions of years away but I can wait...I'm patient
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Pete

    Pete Guest

    M51 (The 'Whirlpool') isn't on the list, purely for the reason that I haven't 'done' it yet! Same is true of another famous spiral, M81 (Bode's Galaxy). I wanted to include more, but this forum limits polls to ten choices. I did choose fairly Milky-Way-like galaxies (all spirals, all same general shape) and I'm sure each of them must have at least one habitable planet somewhere in their midst...

    So far in the poll, M31 Andromeda appears to be a clear winner. Now all we need is a faster-than-light spaceship...
     
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    M83, I think it's rather pretty...
     
  11. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    What, not the Antennae? (NGC 4038/NGC 4039) No AGN's? What kind of a poll is this!! ;)
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Pete

    Pete Guest

    For those not in the know, the 'Antennae' are a pair of spirals crashing into each other (and unwinding each other's spiral arms in the process). I do have a piccie I took, somewhere, I'll post it when I get a chance. Looks like a rather hairy place to live in, and all that atmosphere of 'collision' might make it dangerous for cyclists...;)

    And Seyfert Galaxies might be ruled out for similar reasons: I have tried one (M106) - and M77 is on my 'to do' list. They're not easy to image!

    [edit]My (rather poor) NGC 4038/9 attached. This pair is in constellation Corvus, distance is disputed, around 40-50 million lightyears is mentioned.
    [​IMG]
    To see the faint 'antennae' which sprout to upper right and left, and then curve downwards, you may have to turn up the brightness on your monitor.
     
  13. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member