Summer 2019 Challenges: The Whirlpool Galaxy

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Summer 2019 Challenges: The Whirlpool Galaxy!

A beautiful face-on spiral galaxy, the Whirlpool's spiral pattern was first seen and sketched in 1845. At first, it was unclear whether astronomers were looking at a whole city of stars a long way off, or simply one nearby star and its newly formed planetary system. Can you see the small companion galaxy that is interacting with the larger spiral?


NASA Data Challenge

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MicroObservatory Challenge

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Subject Matter Expert Reviewers

 
 
 

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Subject Matter Experts provide science content for each of the objects in NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges. Experts in astronomy and image processing also provide knowledgeable and positive feedback on standout entries in each challenge.

ASTRONOMERS DISCUSS THE WHIRLPOOL GALAXY AT DIFFERENT WAVELENGTHS OF LIGHT:

OPTICAL LIGHT

Hubble Space Telescope

 

X-RAY LIGHT

Chandra X-ray Observatory

 

DR. RUPALI CHANDAR

Professor of Astronomy, University of Toledo

 

DR. DARYL HAGGARD

Professor of Physics, McGill Space Institute

 

ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT

Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)

 

INFRARED LIGHT

Spitzer Space Telescope

DR. MARJA SEIDEL

Astrophysicist, IPAC/Caltech

 

DR. J.D. SMITH

Professor of Astronomy, University of Toledo

 

Summer 2019 Standout Entries