Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Deep Space Objects

Top Thirty-One DSO is a new collection of Astro-haiku by SARM (Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy) and Friends with artworks and collages by Calin Niculae.

Deep Space Objects is a term applied to various entities found deep in space. They include
  • Galaxies: large groups of stars revolving around a center. There are many kinds of galaxies, but the main classifications are spiral, elliptical, and irregular.
  • Globular Clusters: a group of stars that are bunched up into a sphere.
  • Open Clusters: here the stars are grouped much more randomly. Open clusters are younger than globular clusters and have fewer stars.
  • Nebulae: clouds of gas in space. Nebulae are usually left behind by dying stars.
Charles Messier compiled a catalogue of such objects in the 1700s. Astronomers at the time were trying to discover comets. In his search for more comets, Charles Messier would often find bright fuzzy things that could have been comets, except that they didn't move. He wrote the location of these down so that he could avoid them later. His catalogue is a hodgepodge of some of the most beautiful deep space objects in the northern sky.

My contribution concerns M27 which is not the motorway around Southampton but Messier Object #27, the Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula

first found nebula
in the last named constellation
Goldilocks there?

gerald england

Steve Sneyd writes about M1 (the Crab Nebula in Taurus), M42 (the Great Orion Nebula), M45 (the Pleiades in Taurus) and M51 (the Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici). Other contributors include John Francis Haines, Deborah P Kolodji and David Asher.

Project coordinator, Andrei Dorian Gheorghe ends with

Back to M17

even as a nebula
omega is not an end
alpha is close

This is just one of a number of projects on SARM's Cosmopoetry website.


  1. Hi Gerald thanks for your comments re; the floods.

    I've decided from today to post two photos a day as i'm taking so many.

    Thanks for thinking of us.

  2. Endless stream of light
    Gateway to another world?
    Quasar, let me in.

  3. even as a nebula
    omega is not an end
    alpha is close