Laurel Nendza

Laurel Nendza

Laurel Nendza is the owner and creator of Stellar Eyes.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:00am -0400

Stellar Eyes on the Needle Galaxy.

This bright galaxy is one of the most famous examples of an edge-on spiral galaxy, oriented perpendicularly to our line of sight so that we see right into its luminous disc. NGC 4565 has been nicknamed the Needle Galaxy because, when seen in full, it appears as a very narrow streak of light on the sky. It is amazing to see such beautiful detail in a galaxy 50 million light years from Earth both from the ground and in astonishing close ups by Hubble.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:50am -0400

Stunning Galactic Collision

Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed a massive cloud of multimillion-degree gas in a galaxy about 60 million light years from Earth. The hot gas cloud is likely caused by a collision between a dwarf galaxy and a much larger galaxy called NGC 1232. If confirmed, this discovery would mark the first time such a collision has been detected only in X-rays, and could have implications for understanding how galaxies grow through similar collisions.

Monday, August 12, 2013 4:04pm -0400

Night of the Shooting Stars

Every year during mid-August, the Earth passes near the orbit of Swift-Tuttle and crosses the comet's debris stream. Over the next few nights we will be able to see bright meteors from that comet. Look to northeast to the constellation Perseus to see shooting stars. It is best just to lie back and look up at the stars as they may come from any direction. Best time to watch is Midnight to about 4 am. The 2013 Perseid meteor shower will peak overnight between Aug. 11 and 12, and Aug. 12 and 13.

Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00am -0400

Mysterious Lights Captured Over New Jersey

If you spend a lot of time in photo shoots with stars, odds are you will eventually see something strange. We're not talking about the Hollywood kind, but rather the cosmic kind. As he snapped photos of the Milky Way, astrophotographer Jack Fusco witnessed something peculiar that sparked his curiosity. Bright lights appeared one by one and then slowly disappeared in the sky over Ocean City, New Jersey. Later he was even approached by authorities who wanted to know about his weird close encounter. Fortunately for him he managed to capture some pretty extraordinary images with his DSLR Camera.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 5:08pm -0400

Hot Pink Planet Found Around Sun-like Star

Astronomers have captured an image of a pink planet around a Sun-like star in the constellation Virgo. About four times the size of Jupiter it is the smallest exo-planet ever found around a star like our Sun. Glowing a dark magenta, the newly discovered exoplanet GJ 504b was found and imaged by Using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.

Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:00am -0400

Forgotten Memories of the Cosmos: The Helix Nebula

The extraordinary image you are looking at is not an image from the Hubble Telescope or any huge observatory on Earth. This image was taken in a backyard in an ordinary neighborhood in western Michigan by a very talented astrophotographer named Terry Hancock. What is even more impressive is that he used a tiny 3.6" refractor telescope to achieve it. This is the famous Helix Nebula and some have nicknamed it "The Eye Of God". 

Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00am -0400

Stunning Chaos in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster

At first glance this image taken by Hubble immediately invokes mind-blowing awe and wonder. THIS is out there in our universe. Hubble tells us the story of the galaxy in which it focused it's gaze. This is galaxy NGC 4522. It is one of about 1,300 galaxies racing around each in the Virgo galaxy cluster. Speeding through space it is being stripped of it's gas content. Every one of the galaxies visible in this incredible image has it's own story. Each one is filled with hundreds of billions of other suns with perhaps trillions of planets. What are their stories?

Monday, July 14, 2014 12:00am -0400

A Dazzling Spiral: The Whirlpool Galaxy

Resembling a jewel studded grand staircase, the Whirlpool galaxy (M51) is one of the most sought after treasures of astronomers. Swirling with stellar gems and laced with cosmic stardust it proudly displays it's well defined spiral arms. One of the arms is punctuated with a galactic diamond, a smaller galaxy known as NGC 5195.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00am -0400

Galactic Pinwheel

Like a pinwheel, this galaxy spins seemingly with the help of unseen cosmic breath. The Pinwheel Galaxy also known as Messier 101 or NGC 5457, is a face-on spiral galaxy at a distance of 21 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. With a diameter of about 170,000 light years it is 70 percent larger than our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Monday, May 18, 2015 12:00am -0400

A Stellar Explosion: The Dumbbell Nebula

There are many mysterious objects in the cosmos that evoke awe and wonder. Tucked away in this stunning planetary nebula known as the Dumbbell nebula (Messier 27) is a dying sun, that created it all. Now a white dwarf, the central star continues to propel cosmic material outward.

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