Galaxies

black-eye

10 Black Eye Galaxy Facts

The Black Eye is actually one of the lesser known galaxies if you compare it to some of the larger galaxies in our universe. However, that doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive, and it definitely has an interesting appearance. It’s a perfect place to start if you’re just getting started with amateur astronomy. Let’s look … Read more

whirlpool-galaxy

10 Whirlpool Galaxy Facts

The Whirlpool galaxy is also referred to as M51a, and it’s a great place for amateur astronomers to start when they’re first looking up in the night sky. It is pretty easy to locate in comparison to the other galaxies in our night sky, and you don’t need much more than a cheap telescope to … Read more

centaurus-a

10 Centaurus A Galaxy Facts

If you’re looking to learn a little more about Centaurus A, then you’re in the right place. This large galaxy is one of the most intriguing in the night sky. As it is one of the brightest galaxies up there, it is often a great place to start if you’re just getting interested in astronomy. … Read more

pinwheel-galaxy

12 Pinwheel Galaxy Facts

When talking about a spiral galaxy, the first example of this many people use is the Pinwheel galaxy – it’s a great example of a face-on spiral. Of course, it also takes its name from its spiralling appearance, and it’s quite easy to find in the sky with your telescope. Let’s look at some facts … Read more

triangulum-galaxy

10 Triangulum Galaxy Facts

If you’re looking for some information about the Triangulum galaxy, then you’re in the right place. It makes up part of the Local Group of galaxies, which includes our own Milky Way, meaning that it’s one of the most distant objects that can still be seen with the naked eye if you look hard enough. … Read more

sombrero

10 Sombrero Galaxy Facts

If you’re looking up at the sky, then one of the first places many people star is the Virgo constellation. It’s the second largest constellation in the sky, and it has the 17th brightest star in the sky too, Spica. In this constellation you’ll also find the famous Sombrero galaxy, just to the left of … Read more

andromeda-galaxy

11 Andromeda Galaxy Facts

When we’re looking up at the night sky, there are many different things stars and constellations for us to look at. However, one of the most interesting things we can see from our planet is the Andromeda galaxy. Like the Sombrero galaxy, it is filled with globular clusters and a fairly small black hole. Aside … Read more

milky-way

19 Milky Way Galaxy Facts

Learning about the Milky Way is something everyone should do – it is our home after all! Filled with intriguing globular clusters and a whole lot of dust and gas (like all galaxies in the universe), we’re located around 26,000 light years away from the core of the galaxy. Even though the Milky Way is … Read more

galaxy-facts

20 Galaxy Facts | How many types of galaxy are there?

As their simplest, a galaxy is just a large amount of gas and dust combined with dark matter and a whole lot of stars, all grouped together within a (relatively) small area. With an estimation of potentially trillions of galaxies in the observable universe, it’s no wonder that many people find them fascinating. If you’re … Read more

irregular-galaxy

10 Irregular Galaxy Facts

Whilst many people are aware of the other types of galaxy in our universe, some people aren’t aware of the irregular galaxy and what it actually is. It is named as such because it doesn’t take a strict shape like spiral galaxies, barred spiral galaxies or elliptical galaxies do. The large and small magellanic clouds … Read more

elliptical-galaxy

11 Elliptical Galaxy Facts

The elliptical galaxy is one of the most intriguing parts of our universe. They have the most variation in size of any type of galaxy, as they can be very large, or extremely small, with some of them being less than 10% of the size of our galaxy, the Milky Way. This is due to … Read more

spiral-galaxy

10 Spiral Galaxy Facts – How They Form

Spiral galaxies provide us with some of the best views in our night sky, and many of the most well known galaxies are actually spirals. They’re named as such because of their swirling appearance, which means that they end up looking like a throwing ninja star. Unlike irregular galaxies, a spiral galaxy can usually be … Read more