The Universe Today : Galaxy M66

Today we took a picture of a spiral galaxy called M66 whose spiral arms are not symmetrical and have been distorted due to a close encounter with another galaxy.

We decided to process the image of M66 in a different way which would give an interesting view of this galaxy. If you look at the top and lower part of the nucleus you can make out some of the dust lanes that make up this galaxy.

You will also see that the image of M66 is more blue and red than the standard image of this galaxy you will see on the Internet. Here we show the two different groups of stars you will find in M66.

The red areas indicate low mass stars which have a lower surface temperature and are much older stars. Blue indicates the young high mass stars which have a high surface temperature .

As you can see the M66 galaxy has an abundance of young stellar stars on it’s spiral arms while the older stars are gathered around it’s nucleus.

The image below was processed by

M66 13th March 2011 (Click to Enlarge)

~ by sydneystargazers on March 13, 2011.

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