RAO Research Image Gallery

Messier 31 (Baker-Nunn)


Messier 31 or more commonly known as the Andromeda Galaxy is the closest major Galaxy to the Milky Way at approximately 2.5 million light years away. The Milky way is currently moving towards M31 and it is estimated we will collide in 4.5 billion years.

Messier 13/Hercules Globular Cluster (CMT)


Messier 13 is a globular cluster in Hercules. This cluster is 22,000 light years away and is approximately 145 light years across. The cluster is composed of several hundred thousand stars densely compacted together.

NGC7000 (Baker-Nunn)


The North American Nebula is a large emission nebula located in the cygnus constellation. The nebula is made of hydrogen that is believed to be ionized by the near by star Deneb result;ting in the emission.

Messier 33 (CMT)


Messier 33 or the Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy 2.73 million light years away. It it the third largest galaxy in our galactic group and is one of the most distant visible stellar objects seen with the naked eye.

Dumbell Nebula (CMT)


The Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary Nebula 1227 lightyears away. Planetary nebula's are a form of star death, where the star losses its ability to hold its shape and the star disassociates. It is predicted that our sun will die in this method.

Messier 51 (CMT)


Commonly known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, a spiral galaxy 23 million lightyears away in the big dipper constellation. It is also interacting with the Dwarf Galaxy NGC5195 resulting in the pair being one of the most studied stellar objects.

HorseHead Nebula (Baker-Nunn)

Horsehead Nebula

The Horsehead nebula is a small nebula located off the Orion Nebula. It is a very dense region of H II Gas at a distance of 1370 light years. It is easily recognized by the horse head shape created by the dense gas.

Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula, Image by Larry Mcnish (RASC)

Image by Larry McNish (RASC)

Lola Asteroid (Baker-Nunn)

C/2020 F3 NEOWISE Comet (Baker-Nunn)

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