Friday, February 23rd, 2018

M101 revisited


The pinwheel galaxy, whose proper designation is Messier 101, is not an easy object to photograph. It has little color, and efforts to boost the color that it does have usually ends up ugly. This time around I photographed it remotely using a 20-inch telescope at Mayhill, New Mexico, at 7,300 feet.


Total exposure for this image was almost 4 hours, which if it didn’t provide much color produced a very nice star field. Click on the image a couple times to see a lot of colored stars and at least two distant galaxies (can you find them?).

When I look at this delicate galaxy I stand in awe of how our Creator made it happen. Even more marvelous is that the galaxy was born at a point in time well after the universe came into being, and its days are numbered. It was born and it will die.

I too was born and I too will die. Too bad God didn’t make me beautiful like he did M101.

And to think that God created many billions of galaxies, each with a birthday and a death-day! Boggles my mind (which doesn’t take much).

Without the wonders of the sky above, would I ever think big thoughts like this? Perhaps not.

Dave, wide-eyed.


4 Responses to “M101 revisited”
  1. Tom says:

    Yes, amazing it is! Nice job!

  2. Dave says:

    Thanks for looking, broTom. Somehow your comment ended up in my spam folder, but all is fixed now. I think my gmail is mad at me or something.

  3. Leslie says:

    Very beautiful. i think i found one galaxy near the top? And Dad, you ARE beautiful. 🙂

  4. Dave says:

    Gee thanks (blush).

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