The Whale, the Hockey Stick, and the Mice
Space Walk Among the Stars

Charts to accompany the MP3 guide.


Chart 1: Finding the general area in the sky.


Chart adapted from Cartes du Ciel.




Chart 2: The objects. The chart is 5 wide


Chart adapted from Cartes du Ciel.



Image 1: NGC 4656 ("The Hockey Stick"), left, and NGC 4631 ("The Whale"), upper right, with NGC 4627 ("The Pup"). North is up, West is to the right. The image is 53 arcminutes wide. As is always the case, these images show the objects much brighter, with much more detail and color than you will ever see in your telescope.


NGC 4656, NGC 4631, and NGC 4627

(Sloan Digital Sky Survey)



Image 2: NGC 4631 ("The Whale") and NGC 4627 ("The Pup"). North is up, West is to the right. The image is 16.2 arcminutes wide. (The black vertical dotted line is an artifact of stitching the images together.) These next three images are all the same scale, to give you an idea of the relative sizes of these galaxies.


NGC 4631 and NGC 4627

(Sloan Digital Sky Survey)



Image 3: NGC 4656 ("The Hockey Stick"). North is up, West is to the right. The image is 16.2 arcminutes wide. Note the distant 17.4 and 17.5 magnitude galaxies on either side of the main galaxy. In fact, most of the dim objects in the image are distant galaxies!


NGC 4656

(Sloan Digital Sky Survey)



Image 4: NGC 4676 A and B ("The Mice"). North is up, West is to the right. The image is 16.2 arcminutes wide. The bright star on the left is the 10th magnitude star noted in the MP3 guide - last star before reaching the galaxies. The galaxy at the bottom is PGC 1911584, 17.4 magnitude.


NGC 4676, The Mice

(Sloan Digital Sky Survey)



Image 5: The Mice as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope, April 2002. North is to the upper right, West is to the lower right.


NGC 4676, The Mice by HST

(NASA, H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (UCSC/LO), M.Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), the ACS Science Team, and ESA)



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