In science/space news, the uncanny resemblance of a galaxy about 30 million light years
away from Earth, to our own Milky Way has astounded astronomers.
This is the best-yet picture of NGC 6744, a spiral galaxy described as a "sibling" of our own Milky Way.
The image was snapped by the European Southern Observatory's MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope in Chile.
The galaxy lies 30 million light-years away, in the constellation Pavo.
While it is almost twice as large as the Milky Way, it exhibits the same sharply-defined spiral arms and stretched central region.
There is even a small companion galaxy, visible at the lower right of the image, which is analogous to our own galactic neighbours the Magellanic Clouds.
Those arms host many star-forming regions; the glow coming from hydrogen gas in these active regions shows up as red in the image.
|This is the second installment in our African Lion Safari tour|
(a backrest on a chair in the restaurant)
|Fyi: the monkey in the background is playing with someone's side mirror..!|
|Hate to admit it, but I am not the Monkey's biggest fan!|
|Perhaps we are the main attraction but don't realize it?|
|The ostrich above was chasing off one of these characters.|
|These guys made me kind of nervous...|
They could make mincemeat out of any vehicle.