13 September 2020

A Brand New Day

Wow! It has been a long time since I posted anything.

Anyway, this site will be undergoing a big change. It still will be STEM based, don't worry. Those astronomy news from The European Southern Observatory won't be going anywhere as well as the other science and medical tidbits. This is more about adapating to the changing times.

Hope some of you guys are still there and will support me!

Thanks and cheers!


05 July 2017

Magnificent View of Spiral Galaxy Messier 77

The Spiral galaxy Messier 77, 47 million light-years away and found in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster) is captured in its full glory by the European Southern Observatory.

ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a magnificent face-on view of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 77. The image does justice to the galaxy’s beauty, showcasing its glittering arms criss-crossed with dust lanes — but it fails to betray Messier 77’s turbulent nature.

This picturesque spiral galaxy appears to be tranquil, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Messier 77 (also known as NGC 1068) is one of the closest active galaxies, which are some of the most energetic and spectacular objects in the Universe. Their nuclei are often bright enough to outshine the whole of the rest of the galaxy. Active galaxies are among the brightest objects in the Universe and emit light at most, if not all, wavelengths, from gamma rays and X-rays all the way to microwaves and radiowaves. Messier 77 is further classified as a Type II Seyfert galaxy, characterised by being particularly bright at infrared wavelengths.