The January 2014 photo of the month is M42 - the Great Orion Nebula. The Orion Nebula is the middle star in the sword of the Orion constellation and one of the brightest nebulae in the Earth's night sky. Photo by Mike Brady.
The February 2014 photo of the month is M57 the Ring Nebula. The Ring Nebula is a good example of a planetary nebula, which is the remnant of a sun-like star after it has reached the end of its life cycle and shed most of the outer layers of gas. The center white dot is the white dwarf after shedding the "rings of gas" out into space. Photo by Mike Brady.
The March 2014 photo of the month is M1 - the Crab Nebula. The Crab Nebula is expanding gas from a super nova explosion that occurred in about the year 1054 BC and was observed by Chinese astronomers. Photo by Mike Brady.
The April 2014 photo of the month is M51 - the Whirlpool Galaxy. The Whirlpool is actually two galaxies that are interlocked by gravitational forces and the large galaxy on the right is pulling material away from the smaller galaxy on the left. Photo by Mike Brady.
The May 2014 photo of the month is M16 (Eagle Nebula) on right and M17 (Swan Nebula) on left. They are both in Sagittarius and both star forming regions and are about 5,000 to 6,000 light years away. Photo by Mike Brady.
The June 2014 photo of the month is M27 - the Dumbbell Nebula. The Dumbbell Nebula is another beautiful planetary nebula and was the first planetary nebula discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. Photo by Mike Brady.
The July 2014 photo of the month is NGC6946 which is a barred spiral galaxy similar to our own Milky Way galaxy. It is about 10 million light years away and there have been 9 supernova spotted within this galaxy. Photo by Mike Brady
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