M51 (NGC 5194) (galaxy) The Whirlpool Galaxy actalluy consists of two galaxies, with the smaller high-speed interloper stripping material from the larger spiral galaxy due to its gravitational force as its passes by. M51 is very far away: About 10 million lights years from Earth.
M42 (NGC 1976) (emission nebula) The Orion Nebula is arguably the most famous nebula of all. This luminous and exciting object occupies much of the constellation Orion and lies at a dsitanceof about 1300 light years from Earth. It is an important stellar birthplace; some of the stars are believed to be less than100,000 years old..
Summer Milky Way
M45: The Pleiades (open cluster) Considered one of the greatest open clusters in the northern sky, it was called the “seven sisters” by ancient mariners because of its seven brightest stars arranged in a dipper shape. The total number of stars associated with this cluster numbers about 500 and covers an area of sky about four times the size of the full moon.
Space Shuttle Endevour
Copernicus and the Lunar Alps
Total Solar Eclipse 2001 with Africa Montage
North American Nebula: Obviously named for its appearance