His and Hers NGC 4490 and 4485
Posted 21 March 2009 - 11:49 AM
Galaxies in Play
The Lesson: A star is magnificent in itself, but to have the opportunity in a back yard to study an apparent galaxy interaction where millions of stars are presented reminds me of Jesus' statement to those who had committed their life to him: 'I will not leave you or forsake you'. The intricacies of these sky objects is like an 'in your face' reminder of God's large but also detailed attention to things. So the sustainer of the universe also cares for little ones as small as these two sketchers who tried to capture the object for a few minutes.
It was a good night to give thanks.
Roland (and Linda)
Posted 21 March 2009 - 05:59 PM
Excellent observations of NGC 4485 and 4490 in Canes Venatici. This is an interesting pair of interacting galaxies. A supernova was recently discovered in NGC 4490 (SN 2008 ax). Thank you for sharing them with us all.
Posted 21 March 2009 - 07:41 PM
Before we got too far along in spring last year I had a good look at this pair and thought about making a sketch. I am sorry I let that opportunity get past me because I never got a good night after that one best evening.
Your sketches here are just wonderful. Your conditions with haze and your camera are much better than my views without. Both of your sketches beautifully capture the dance of this pair.
Posted 21 March 2009 - 07:44 PM