The Hubble Telescope Images a Magnificent Galaxy With “Flocculent” Spiral Arms

  • B
  • Thread starter Spinnor
  • Start date

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Drakkith
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
20,930
4,680
Nice! Great image from HST!
 
  • #3
Klystron
Gold Member
691
945
I knew the term flocculent; I even know a mnemonic to help remember the definition.
sheep cluster in flocks → wool comes from sheep ⇒ flocculent refers to wooly.
Generally, I expect astronomical structures like the solar system and our galaxy to rotate counter-clockwise (CCW) as pictured from 'above' the plane of the elliptic. Looking at the beautiful HST picture, I cannot determine which direction this galaxy rotates.

Do we know which direction this galaxy rotates based, perhaps, on the positions of the spiral arms? Thanks and pardon if off topic.
 
  • Like
Likes Spinnor
Top