spiral nebula

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Related to spiral nebula: spiral arms, Spiral Galaxies
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Noun1.spiral nebula - a galaxy having a spiral structurespiral nebula - a galaxy having a spiral structure; arms containing younger stars spiral out from old stars at the center
extragalactic nebula, galaxy - (astronomy) a collection of star systems; any of the billions of systems each having many stars and nebulae and dust; "`extragalactic nebula' is a former name for `galaxy'"
Andromeda galaxy - a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda that is visible to the naked eye
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Also listed is the 1962 sculpture Spiral Nebula outside Newcastle University's Herschel Building.
Spiral Nebula by sculptor Geoffrey Clarke reflects the scientific advances being made at the time -Britain's first satellite, Ariel 1, was launched in the same year the Herschel building was opened.
In particular, many consider the significance of Vesto Melvin Slipher's 1912 astrometric research at the Lowell Observatory on Doppler shift in a spiral nebula.
The roof, supported by four columns, has a central opening over a figure in the polished marble floor which is intended to evoke a spiral nebula.
According to Historic England, an important pioneering piece of postwar public art in Newcastle was Spiral Nebula, created by artist Geoffrey Clarke in 1962 in polished steel for the exterior of Newcastle University's Herschel building.
What do you think of Geoffrey Clarke's Spiral Nebula at University of Newcastle?