“Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!” –Harry Truman, to a music critic who panned his daughter’s singing
When you think about the Messier objects in the night sky, you hope for skies like the ones coming up over the next few days. The Virgo cluster and a slew of deep-sky objects rise in the east in the early part of the night, a waning Moon that won’t rise until after midnight holds the potential for excellent deep-sky seeing, and the 40 galaxies that make up the 110 objects of the Messier catalogue become a real possibility.
Well, today’s object is a uniquely-darkened spiral galaxy, and it’s one of the most unusual sights in the night sky.
But just what is it that gives it it’s one-of-a-kind appearance?
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