Target: M33 - Triangulum Galaxy
Telescope: Orion 8"
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Exposures: 82x120s (2.7h) @ ISO1600
Framing: North is Right
Location: Mocksville, NC
Start Time: 9:00PM
End Time: 1:00AM
Captured with Nebulosity, stacked using DeepSkyStacker, processed in Photoshop.
The large HII region near the top right of the galaxy is NGC 604, which is enhanced in this image
The very small "blob" on the left (north) outskirts is IC 132, enhanced in this image
.Anacortes Telescope Picture of the Day, November 5, 2010
The Triangulum Galaxy
(also known as Messier 33
or NGC 598
) is a spiral galaxy
approximately 3 million light-years away in the constellation Triangulum
. The galaxy is also sometimes informally referred to as the Pinwheel Galaxy
by some amateur astronomy references
and in some public outreach websites.
However, the SIMBAD Astronomical Database
, a professional astronomy database that contains formal designations for astronomical objects, indicates that the name "Pinwheel Galaxy" is used to refer to Messier 101
and several other amateur astronomy resources and other public outreach websites also identify Messier 101 by that name.
With a diameter of about 50,000 light-years, it is the third largest galaxy in the Local Group
, a group of galaxies
which also contains the Milky Way Galaxy
and the Andromeda Galaxy
, and it may be a gravitationally bound companion of the Andromeda Galaxy. Estimates indicate that Triangulum may be home to between 30 and 40 billion stars,
compared to the 1000 billion stars for Andromeda and c. 200-400 billion for the Milky Way. The Pisces Dwarf
(LGS 3), one of the small Local Group member galaxies, is possibly a satellite