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Deep Sky
Deep SkyAppreciating the beauty and diversity of our Solar System, it is sometimes hard to believe that our Sun is just another average star amongst millions of other solar worlds out there. Stars at different stages in their evolution can be observed - including stellar birth and supernovae marking the death of other solar worlds. These observations allow us to put our own Solar System and its evolutionary process into context and learn more about its origin.

The deep sky offers beautiful views of star clusters, galaxies and nebulae on a truly cosmic scale.




        Double Cluster NGC 869 and NGC 884 - (c) Solar Worlds Double Cluster
(NGC 869 & NGC 884)
A doubly impressive pair of open star clusters
M42 Orion Nebula - (c) Solar Worlds Great Orion Nebula (M42)
Digital camera colour shot
Whirlpool Galaxy M51 - June 2005 - Solar Worlds Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
Large luminous spiral galaxy at a distance of 31 million light years. Features before & after comparison of recently exploded Supernova 2005cs.
M57 - Solar Worlds Ring Nebula (M57)
Planetary nebula in Lyra
Solar Worlds - M13 Globular Cluster in Hercules Great Globular Cluster in Hercules (M13)
A bright cluster of more than 100,000 stars
Albireo - (c) Solar Worlds Albireo
Beautiful double star in Cygnus
Magnificent magnitude 0 star in Lyra
M11 Wild Duck Cluster - Solar Worlds Wild Duck Cluster (M11)
Compact open cluster in the constellation Scutum
M45 Pleiades - (c) Solar Worlds The Pleiades (M45)
Beautiful open star cluster in Taurus, also known as "Seven Sisters" according to Greek mythology
M66 - Solar Worlds M66
Distorted spiral galaxy in the constellation of Leo, an estimated 35 million light years away
Solar Worlds - M27 Dumbbell Nebula Dumbbell Nebula (M27)
Bright planetary nebula in Vulpecula
Altair - September 2007 - (c) Solar Worlds Altair
Brilliant magnitude 0.8 star in Aquila
M31 Andromeda Galaxy - (c) Solar Worlds Andromeda Galaxy (M31)
Our nearest large neighbour galaxy
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