Sorry for the lack of IOTWs recently but due to exams and family circumstances I really haven’t been able to spare the time, though normal service resumes now.
To make up for the series’ absence today we have two glorious images, the first is of the spiral galaxy NGC 6744.
NGC 6744 Credit: ESO
The Galaxy is 30 million light years from Earth in the direction of Pavo the Peacock.
It is very similar in structure to our own Galaxy the Milky Way, though with the slight difference in scale, NGC 6744 is twice the diameter of our own home. Despite this difference in size it would be very similar to looking at our own Galaxy face on from a considerable distance.
The image was taken by the ESO’s Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile and was obtained through five different filters.
Our second image is a fair bit closer to home: Mars
Springtime at Ulyxis Rupes Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
The image is of the Ulyxis Rupes region near the Martian South Pole. It was taken by the ESA Mars Express’ High Resolution Stereo Camera.