Release Images

Release No.: 2011-32
For Release: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 7:00am

New Exhibition, Website Guide Visitors through the Evolving Universe

IC 410

Most stars form close together in nebulae – large cosmic clouds of gas and dust that act as stellar nurseries. The nebula IC 410 is located 13,000 light-years from Earth and spans 15 light-years. This visible-light photograph was taken with the Megacam instrument on the MMT telescope atop Mount Hopkins, Arizona.

Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) – a spiral galaxy located about 23 million light-years from Earth – is a popular target for professional and amateur astronomers alike. This visible-light photograph was taken with the Megacam instrument on the MMT.

Harvard-Smithsonian CfA