Messier Monday: Virgo’s brightest galaxy, M49

A galaxy very different from our own may hold the key to seeing what our far future looks like.

Image credit: Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society, via http://www.kellysky.net/jscas_messiers_draft_10x11.jpg.
Image credit: me, using the free software Stellarium, via http://stellarium.org/.
Image credit: me, using the free software Stellarium, via http://stellarium.org/.
Image credit: me, using the free software Stellarium, via http://stellarium.org/.
Image credit: Gustavo Sánchez/Observatorio Guajataca.
Image credit: © 2014 Scott Rosen’s Astrophotography, via http://www.astronomersdoitinthedark.com/index.php?c=113&p=512.
Image credit: Ole Nielsen of
http://www.ngc7000.org/ccd/gal-virgocluster.html#m49
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Image credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Peng (Peking University, Beijing).
Image credit: David W. Hogg, Michael R. Blanton, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Collaboration.
Image credit: © 2006 — 2012 by Siegfried Kohlert, via http://www.astroimages.de/en/gallery/M49.html.
Image credit: Nicole Peterson, via http://www.calvin.edu/academic/phys/observatory/images/Astr110.Spring2005/Peterson.html.
Image credit: NASA / Hubble, via Wikisky.
Image credit: NASA / Hubble, via Wikisky.

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The Universe is: Expanding, cooling, and dark. It starts with a bang! #Cosmology Science writer, astrophysicist, science communicator & NASA columnist.