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 origins of the collection are a centennial conference in 2012 organized by co-editor Michael Way, a NASA scientist, and these essays have been peer-reviewed and refereed by the editors.
His 1888 photographs of M31 in Andromeda were sensational: they showed for the first time that this object was, in fact, a 'spiral nebula' highly inclined to our line of sight, and at first considerably strengthened the theory that spiral nebulae were not 'island universes' but relatively nearby objects, perhaps solar systems in the process of formation.
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.(4) Light washes down the walls from Soane-like slits between ceiling and perimeter.
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?
His 1888 photographs of M31 in Andromeda were the first to show that this object was, in fact, a 'spiral nebula' highly inclined to our line of sight, and considerably strengthened the then fashionable theory that spiral nebulae were not 'island universes' but relatively nearby objects, perhaps solar systems in the process of formation.