2017 Additions / Changes|
I've been working on my third novel (An Unsuitable Suit) to the exclusion of anything else since mid-December. Once it's submitted to the publisher I'll have more time to work on this website (probably in mid to late January). I have a long list of updates and corrections provided by colleagues working on the NGC/IC project, and taking care of those is at the top of my list. Any suggestions about other topics that need work (e.g., the eccentricity of the Moon's orbit) can be made by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Additions / Changes
Took advantage of a recent HST image of spiral galaxy NGC 4388
to update its entry.
Took advantage of a recent HST image of irregular galaxy IC 3583
to update its entry.
Posted images and a discussion of variable Seyfert galaxy Markarian 1018
Posted just-released HST image of spiral galaxy NGC 3274
Fixed an error in the entry for NGC 1641
, which is usually listed as part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, but is actually part of our own galaxy.
Resumed updating of NGC 1550 - 1599
. Also finished the first draft of my third novel, so should start making more progress on this site in the not too distant future.
Posted just-released HST image of dwarf irregular galaxy PGC 43869
(= "NGC 4789A").
Posted new HST image of NGC 1222
, and discovered I hadn't finished updating NGC 1200 - 1249
, so rectified that mistake.
Nov 1 - 5:
Continued updating NGC 1550 - 1599
to current "minimum" standard.
Oct 29 - 31:
Completed current iteration of NGC 1500 - 1549
and started updating NGC 1550 - 1599
Added a new HST image of the Crab Nebula
(M1); also continued updating NGC 1500 - 1549
Oct 25 - 26:
Returned to updating NGC 1500 - 1549
. Also decided to create a new template for PGC objects, to reduce the number of objects on a single page, and used a previously empty page (PGC 121000 - 121499
) to try it out, creating four additional pages (e.g., PGC 121100 - 121199
) to reduce the number of objects per page from 500 to 100. It will take quite a while to do the same for all the PGC pages (especially since this is a low-priority matter), and the link table will remain as-is, only linking to the first page out of a group of five pages, to keep its size more manageable.
Posted a recent HST image and comment for globular cluster NGC 362
Completed current iteration of IC 1550 - 1599
Updated entries for NGC 5562
due to a query about the latter galaxy's discovery. Also resumed work on IC 1550 - 1599
Altered the entries for NGC 457
to reflect Wolfgang Steinicke's recent discovery that William Herschel observed these objects (though not as "clusters") during his early studies of double stars (that is, prior to his efforts to discover nebulae and clusters of stars).
Returned to updating IC 1550 - 1599
Took advantage of the release of a HST image of NGC 299
to replace the 'raw' Hubble Legacy Archive image of the open cluster.
Updated the home page
and scrollable fiction banner at the top of all other pages to reflect the release of the five short stories in "Short Shorts" as individual Kindle "singles".
Oct 11 - 13:
Due to the (incorrect) suggestion that IC 1560
might be NGC 164
, started updating IC 1550 - 1599
Added a new HST image of NGC 278
Oct 7 - 10:
Added previously incomplete discovery information for NGC 100 - 149
and started the same for NGC 150 - 199
. Also started updating some of the NGC/IC Discoverers
Updated discovery information for several Messier objects (see here
Oct 5 - 6:
Started updating NGC 1500 - 1549
Sep 28 - Oct 4:
Completed current iteration of NGC 1450 - 1499
Added a newly released HST image of NGC 24
to its entry; also continued to update NGC 1450 - 1499
Sep 24 - 25:
Started updating NGC 1450 - 1499
Sep 13 - 23:
Completed current updating of NGC 1400 - 1449
. (delayed by a death in the family)
Took advantage of a newly released HST image of PGC 83677
to post pictures and a discussion of that galaxy.
Sep 9 - 11:
Continued updating NGC 1400 - 1449
Aug 29 - Sep 8:
Finished updating NGC 1350 - 1399
, started NGC 1400 - 1449
Aug 25 - 27:
Finised basic updating NGC 1300 - 1349
; started updating NGC 1350 - 1399
Aug 23 - 24:
Finished basic updating of NGC 5250 - 5299
To take advantage of a new HST image of NGC 5264
, added Steinicke and partial Dreyer historical data to NGC 5250 - 5299
Aug 16 - 21:
Continued updating NGC 1300 - 1349
Took advantage of just-posted HST images of Pisces A
and Pisces B
to do entries for those galaxies.
Aug 14 - 15:
Started updating NGC 1300 - 1349
Aug 9 - 13:
Completed current iteration of NGC 1250 - 1299
Took advantage of a just-posted HST image of NGC 2337
to do a detailed entry for that galaxy.
Aug 4 - 8:
Continued work on NGC 1250 - 1299
Posted images of NGC 4833
and continued work on NGC 1250 - 1299
Jul 31 - Aug 2:
Continued work on current iteration of NGC 1250 - 1299
Completed current iteration of NGC 1200 - 1249
, started on NGC 1250 - 1299
Added an image of the Moon passing in front of the Earth during a solar eclipse to Pictures of the Moon
Changed the entries for NGC 832
and NGC 1226
to reflect the recent discovery that they are probably duplicate entries.
Jul 18 - 25:
Continued updating NGC 1200 - 1249
Posted an update to Browser Help
explaining how to reach the target of a broken link (caused by the target page either disappearing or its website being reorganized).
Jul 13 - 16:
Started updating NGC 1200 - 1249
. Also posted images and a discussion of the peculiar galaxy PGC 7090
. Also posted notes about Arp 310
, and a warning about occasional misidentifications of Arp 310 as NGC 1259
(it is actually IC 1259
Jul 9 - 13:
Considerably updated NGC 1150 - 1199
. Also posted images and a discussion of the Hubble Picture of the Week of PGC 56779
Jul 6 - 9:
Completed basic updating of NGC 1100 - 1149
. Also added a Warning About Load Time for Some Sky Atlas Pages
to the banner at the top of every page on this site.
Jul 2 - 5:
Posted positions and wide-field images for all Hickson Compact Groups
, and started altering NGC entries for HCG members to take advantage of that. Posted brief notes about a possible identification of the otherwise "lost or nonexistent" NGC 111
. Also posted a biography and images for Auguste Voigt
Jun 30 - Jul 1:
Started updating formatting for NGC 1150 - 1199; also updated data and images for Hickson Compact Groups
11, 12 and 21.
Jun 27 - 28:
Finished formatting/pix/tags through NGC 1099. Checked Corwin positions and added/checked original NGC entries through 1149. Started updating formatting for NGC 1100 - 1149.
Jun 16 - 19:
Completed NGC entries for NGC 1050 - 1099
, updated formatting/pix through NGC 1093.
Jun 13 - 15:
Updated formatting and many images for NGC 200 through 249.
Updated formatting and numerous images for NGC 127 through 149.
Added another image of the Hoba meteorite to the page about Meteorites
, and enlarged on the comments about the object. Also, due to a recent Hubblesite post about UGC 4879 (= PGC 26142
), posted images and a preliminary discussion of that galaxy.
Jun 4 - 5:
Updated formatting and numerous images for NGC 191 through 199, and NGC 124 through 126.
May 29 - Jun 1:
Updated Corwin positions through NGC 1099, added and/or verified original NGC entries, updated formatting and added many images through NGC 1052. Also updated formatting and images for NGC 150 - 190, as that task was overlooked while otherwise updating NGC 124 - 249 in March.
Updated Dreyer entries/etc through NGC 990.
Posted a discussion and images of the Vela Ring Galaxy
and its companion..
May 19 - 21:
Updated Dreyer entries/etc through NGC 970.
Posted a first draft of The Effect of Metals On Heat Flow Inside Stars
, and moved The Extremely Metal-Poor Galaxy AGC198691
to that page.
Updated Dreyer entries/etc through NGC 952; as a result, also modified the entry for NGC 940.
May 16 - 17:
Updated Corwin positions through NGC 999, Dreyer entries, pix etc through NGC 949.
Updated Dreyer entries, formatting and added/updated pix through NGC 899.
Posted a temporary entry for extremely "metal-poor" dwarf irregular galaxy AGC198691
May 10 - 14:
Updated Corwin positions through NGC 899, Dreyer entries, current formatting and new/updated pix through NGC 879.
May 7 - 10:
Updated Corwin positions, Dreyer entries and current formatting through NGC 849, added or updated many images and used them to correct several galaxy types and sizes.
Apr 30 - May 6:
Updated Dreyer entries through NGC 799, Corwin positions through NGC 799, adding or updating many images.
Apr 22 - 25:
Updated Dreyer entries through NGC 733, Corwin positions through NGC 749, also adding many images.
Updated Dreyer entries through NGC 655 and Corwin positions through NGC 699.
Apr 16 - 18:
Updated Dreyer entries and Corwin positions through NGC 649, added several images, including an HST image of low-surface brightness galaxy PGC 2699
Apr 12 - Apr 13:
Updated Dreyer entries through NGC 594; also added numerous images.
Updated Corwin positions through NGC 599, and Dreyer entries through NGC 556.
Updated Corwin positions through NGC 549, and Dreyer entries through NGC 541.
Updated Dreyer entries through NGC 499.
Updated Dreyer entries through NGC 465, Corwin positions through NGC 499.
Updated Dreyer entries through NGC 437 (also added several new/better images).
Updated Corwin positions through NGC 449, and Dreyer entries through NGC 425.
Updated Corwin positions through NGC 399, and also Dreyer entries through NGC 399.
Mar 17 - Apr 3:
Adding/checking original Dreyer NGC entries from start of catalog; finished NGC 1 - 369 as of this post. (Have found a few errors caused by mis-copying information from the NGC, so checking my entries for accuracy is critical.) Also doing considerable updating to current catalog format, hence relatively slow progress.
Checking updated Corwin positions from start of catalog; finished NGC 1 - 369 as of this post.
Still working on corrections and updates for NGC 5000 - 5699, but though have made a lot of progress, haven't fully finished any of the pages involved, hence the lack of specific updates; but hopefully posts about finished pages will start showing up by the end of the month.
Working on updates for NGC 5500 - 5549
, 5550 - 5599
. The first page is nearly complete, the second is well under way but still far from complete, and I have just started updating the third. Aside from the obligations noted above, one of the websites that I use as a major reference has been offline more often than not for several weeks, and replacing it is proving difficult, so unless I can find an appropriate work-around, progress on some parts of the NGC/IC catalog will be slower than usual. However, I will continue to update everthing that does not depend on that reference, so though it may take a while before I can say that any given page is truly complete, over a period of time there will be substantial improvements in the catalog.
Added a note to The Heliosphere
about The Edge Of The Solar System
, to clear up a common misconception (due to poorly written news articles) about whether the Voyager spacecraft have left the Solar System or not (they have not).
Added Dreyer's NGC entries to NGC 5500 - 5549
2015 Additions / Changes
Fixed some problems with NGC 5500 - 5549
and posted images of Arp 199
Compared Steinicke's revised database to NGC 5500
Compared Steinicke's revised database to IC 3250 - 3299
. Also posted identifications of NGC 5632
as duplicates of NGC 5691
Compared Steinicke's latest revision of NGC/IC discovery information to my catalog starting at IC 3000 - 3049
through IC 3200 - 3249
Finished adding missing pages (primarily placeholders) for PGC 68000
to PGC 129999
Finished adding Share to Facebook buttons to all existing pages.
Substantially enlarged a biography of Adolphus Albert Le Sueur
, first observer for the Great Melbourne Telescope.
Added a discussion of tidal effects on moons to the page about The Moons of Mars
Corrected a typographical error in one of the equations on the page about Ellipses and Other Conic Sections
Posted a detailed discussion of the Lunar Eclipse Details for Sep 27 - Sep 28, 2015
Started a page containing A List of Solar and Lunar Eclipses
Decided to add a couple of steps to my historical research for NGC/IC objects, to help explain problems with historical identification where they occurred; as a result, all previously so-called "complete" pages may have some minor changes made in the discussion of objects that suffered such problems. Hopefully the result will be to better clarify the problems and their resolution for the benefit of those interested in such things, and readers not interested in the historical discussion can just skip to the physical information and images, as before.
Because of the discovery of a binary black hole in the nearest quasar
, posted images and a discussion of the galaxy involved.
In response to a query, posted a discussion and images of the so-called Sacred Mushroom
Added NGC entries for NGC 3400 - 3449
, NGC 3450 - 3499
, NGC 3500 - 3549
& NGC 3550 - 3599
Posted nearly complete page for NGC 3650 - 3699
, added NGC entries for NGC 3600 - 3649
Posted partially complete page for NGC 3050 - 3099
Posted nearly complete page for NGC 3000 - 3049
Completely finished page for NGC 3100 - 3149
, including updating related PGC pages.
Fixed about a hundred broken links, and added several images of Vesta
Jul 11 - 16:
Posted New Horizons images on Pictures of Pluto
and The Satellites (Moons) of Pluto
Posted false-color "geological"-type images of Pluto
and Charon taken on July 13, 2015.
Completely finished page for NGC 3150 - 3199
, including updating related PGC pages.
Posted the latest images of the "nearside" and "farside" of Pluto
Posted the artwork I created for the cover of my third novel, An Unsuitable Suit
Completely finished page for NGC 2900 - 2949
, including updating related PGC pages.
Completely finished page for NGC 2950 - 2999
May 19 - 22:
Made some corrections on pages for NGC 2000 - 2049
, NGC 3350 - 3399
and NGC 3500 - 3549
Substantially updated page for NGC 2900 - 2949
, which was a nearly blank page; but still needs some work.
Posted an animation of a Martian sunset as seen On The Surface Of Mars
Completed page for NGC 50 - 99
Save for editing confused history of discovery for NGC 16, completed page for NGC 1 - 49
Posted a low-resolution image of the total lunar eclipse
of said date.
Replaced Steinicke's positions for NGC 1
with positions by Brian Skiff and Harold Corwin. Also considerably (though not completely) updated format for the corresponding entries to current standard. Also replaced a number of images with better ones. Also updated Dreyer NGC entries and discovery information for NGC 1 - 120.
Posted a brief discussion of the total lunar eclipse of Apr 4, 2015
, and a link to a detailed image of the circumstances of the eclipse.
Completed a detailed recheck and update of all discovery information for Steinicke and Dreyer for NGC 50 - 99
; will be gradually revising and updating the entire NGC/IC catalog because (1) never finished entering all of Dreyer's entries and (2) Steinicke made hundreds of changes in the latest version of his numerous databases.
Discovered and after some delay fixed a painfully confused historical identification of NGC 57
, which turned out to have been correct in the first place despite the confusion.
Received confirmation that NGC 468
is not IC 92
, but as I suspected a duplicate of NGC 472
; posted essentially final entries for the three objects.
Developed suspicion that the half-century old historical identification of NGC 468 as IC 92 was incorrect; posted temporary revisions.
Working on IC 50 - 99, noticed some discrepancies between my original reference for Dreyer's NGC entries and the actual entries (which were not available to me at the start of this project). Checked IC 1 - 99 against the original Dreyer catalogs, found and fixed a few minor errors. As a result, changed the date for completing IC 1 - 49 to March 11.
Due to an HST press release of Mar 9, added an entry for UGC 8201 (= PGC 45372
). Also (due to starting final update for IC 50 - 99) posted an HST image of Arp 230
, also known as IC 51
Thought I completed the final update for IC 1 - 49
, the first page in my catalog to be completely finished (barring future discoveries); but see the entry for Mar 11.
Started updating NGC 6900 - 6949
Started final update for IC 1 - 49
Posted a page about The Synodic Period of Revolution
, which is the time it takes a planet to move from one aspect to the next occurrence of the same aspect (e.g., from opposition to opposition).
Finally completed the correction of html code, typographical and grammatical errors and the addition of minor updates to all 1200 pages on my website. Most of the errors were so minor that no one should notice any changes; but there were enough of them (and a few major errors) to make the tedious work as worthwhile as it was necessary.
Fixed a typographical error that kept the Polar Animation
page from displaying the animation. Apologies to anyone who tried to view it in the (years?) since the error was introduced.
Added images of constellation figures to Stars and Constellations
Posted a page about Leap Seconds
Feb 4 onward:
Continued to work on updating and editing html code, text and captions for the few remaining pages requiring it (see note of Feb 16 for the worst error uncovered so far).
Posted HST images of NGC 7714
and NGC 7715.
Posted some corrections and clarifications suggested by a private communication.
Jan 31/Feb 1:
Created and/or updated entries for Hickson Compact Group 90
and its members.
Created and/or updated entries for Hickson Compact Group 100
and its members.
Began another round of minor corrections (fortunately mostly very
minor) similar to those of Jan 9 - 21. In doing so, realized that there are significant problems with the identifications of a number of objects on the page dealing with NGC 6450 - 6499
, so added a warning for the six objects in question.
Started updating the page of Messier Nebulae
Finally finished the updating of Messier Galaxies
page started on Dec 27, along with all NGC entries linked to the M-galaxies page.
Jan 9 - 21:
Substantially updated a dozen or two NGC Object
entries due to a private communication pointing out some minor errors in said entries. A couple were due to typographical errors on my part, but most of the errors were due to mistakes in the source material that have been corrected since I copied them. In some cases the mistakes went back more than a century, meaning that similar errors exist in many other databases; as an example, see NGC 7234
. Also updated a number of other entries that were near the ones in question to bring them up to current standards, but nothing worth listing as a separate update.
Posted new HST image of the Pillars of Creation
Updated the page that discusses known display and printing issues (Browser Help
2014 Additions / Changes
Dec 24 - 30:
Continued updating and editing noted for Nov 19 - Dec 23. Starting Dec 27, concentrated on exhaustive updating of Messier Galaxies
and entries on other pages linked to that page. As of Dec 30, about 70% done with the M-galaxy page and linked entries.
Based on new HST image, updated entry for IC 335
Nov 19 - Dec 23:
Continued the updating and editing noted for Nov 4 - 18, and have now completed minor corrections for about 1500 pages, and major alterations for a dozen or so pages. This leaves only a few hundred pages to go, so should return to major additions and updating of NGC/IC entries in early to mid January.
In response to a request, created a complete entry for NGC 5368
In response to requests, created complete entries for NGC 4157
and NGC 7183
Nov 4 - Nov 18:
Working on updating and correcting code for all non-Atlas pages, and fixing numerous minor typographical and grammatical errors.
Added Cassini image of Mimas
to the page about that moon.
Sep 11 - Nov 2:
Updated and corrected code for all 160 NGC Object pages, and updated formatting (and to a lesser extent content) of text, pictures, tags and captions for several thousand NGC entries.
Updated (preliminary) entries for NGC 6353
Did some work on Hickson Compact Groups
and associated pages.
Updated Steinicke discovery/physical data and updated formatting for NGC 1850 - 1899
Added basic Dreyer listings for NGC 1850 - 1899
Updated discovery/physical information and added Dreyer listings for NGC 1750 - 1799
and NGC 1800 - 1849
Posted a major (albeit incomplete) update of page for NGC 1700 - 1749
; also posted a few corrections for NGC 1800 - 1849
Completed updates and second iteration of page for NGC 1600 - 1649
Continued updates for NGC 2050 - 2099
Updated discovery and other information for objects observed by John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope between 1834 and 1838 (see NGC 2050 - 2099
and NGC 3250 - 3299
Posted animation of the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
in the morning sky from Aug 14 to Aug 22.
Posted improved discussions and/or images of NGC 1783
, NGC 6365
, NGC 993 = NGC 994
and NGC 3314
Posted numerous additions to NGC 1500 - 1549
, and updated evening planet diagrams for The Wanderers, or "Planetes"
Posted a few additions to NGC 1950 - 1999
Posted minor corrections to IC 2000 - 2049
Posted numerous additions to NGC 1550 - 1599
Updated evening planet diagrams for The Wanderers, or "Planetes"
Posted numerous additions to NGC 3100 - 3149
Posted some additions to NGC 4850 - 4899
Updated diagrams for The Wanderers, or "Planetes"
, and posted partially upgraded version of page for NGC 3100 - 3149
Posted considerably upgraded version of page for NGC 4850 - 4899
Posted preliminary version of page for IC 5250 - 5299
and somewhat updated pages for IC 1000 - 1049
, IC 1150 - 1199
and IC 1200 - 1249
Finished fairly complete version of page for IC 5150 - 5199
and preliminary version of IC 5200 - 5249
Posted entry for PGC 67907
and added diagrams showing the position of "evening" planets to The Wanderers, or "Planetes"
Finished preliminary post for NGC 3200 - 3249
Completed nearly final post for IC 5050 - 5099
Posted images and (updated and corrected) discussion of NGC 5775
Posted images and discussion of NGC 6118
. Also added recent HST image of NGC 201
Recoded page so Maxwell's Equations
are properly displayed in browsers that don't support Symbol.
Posted nearly final page for IC 5100 - 5149
Posted nearly final page for IC 5000 - 5049
Posted nearly final page for IC 4950 - 4999
Posted nearly final page for IC 4900 - 4949
Posted nearly final page for IC 4850 - 4899
Posted diagrams of the total lunar eclipse
of Apr 14/15, 2014.
Added pages providing direct links for every NGC object: NGC 1-2000
Posted nearly final page for IC 4800 - 4849
Posted nearly final page for IC 4750 - 4799
Updated The Oppositions of Mars
to show oppositions through 2020.
Posted nearly final page for IC 4700 - 4749
Posted nearly final page for IC 4650 - 4699
Posted nearly final page for IC 4600 - 4649
Posted nearly final page for IC 4550 - 4599
Posted nearly final page for IC 4500 - 4549
Posted moderately thorough page for IC 4450 - 4499
Posted updated and nearly final version of page for NGC 1 - 49
Posted moderately thorough page for IC 4400 - 4449
2013 Additions / Changes
2012 Additions / Changes
Completed basic posts and pix for NGC 4350 - 4399
Added new video of the Aurora Australis to Auroras / Aurorae
, and completed basic posts and pix for IC 3300 - 3349
Completed basic posts and pix for IC 3250 - 3299
Completed basic posts and pix for IC 3200 - 3249
Completed basic posts and pix for NGC 4300 - 4349
Completed basic posts and pix for NGC 4250 - 4299
Completed basic posts and most pix for IC 3150 - 3199
Completed basic posts and almost all pix for IC 3100 - 3149
Completed basic posts and almost all pix for NGC 4200 - 4249
Completed basic posts and almost all pix for IC 3050 - 3099
Completed basic posts for IC 3000 - 3049
Completed basic posts for NGC 4900 - 4949
Completed basic posts for NGC 1300 - 1349
. Also posted a discussion and images of the interacting pair PGC 46461
Completed basic posts for NGC 1250 - 1299
Completed basic posts for NGC 1150 - 1199
and NGC 1200 - 1249
Completed basic posts for NGC 1100 - 1149
Completed basic posts for NGC 1050 - 1099
Completed basic posts for NGC 1000 - 1049
Completed basic posts for NGC 950 - 999
Completed basic posts for NGC 900 - 949
Completed basic posts for NGC 350 - 399
Completed basic posts for NGC 300 - 349
Completed basic posts for NGC 250 - 299
Completed basic posts for NGC 850 - 899
Completed basic posts for NGC 800 - 849
Completed basic posts for NGC 750 - 799
Completed basic posts for NGC 700 - 749
Completed basic posts for NGC 650 - 699
Completed basic posts for NGC 1950 - 1999
Completed basic posts for NGC 1900 - 1949
Completed basic posts for NGC 1550 - 1599
Completed basic posts for NGC 1500 - 1549
Completed basic posts for NGC 3800 - 3849
Completed basic posts for NGC 4850 - 4899
Jul 14 - 17:
Very sick so didn't complete anything, but found time during enforced resting to add dozens of entries to the Gérard de Vaucouleurs' Atlas of Galaxy Types
Completed basic posts for NGC 1450 - 1499
Completed basic posts for NGC 1400 - 1449
Completed basic posts for NGC 1350 - 1399
Started a page about Gérard de Vaucouleurs' Atlas of Galaxy Types
Completed basic posts for NGC 600 - 649
Completed basic posts for NGC 550 - 599
Completed basic posts for NGC 500 - 549
As part of the PGC Object
pages update, created (or fixed display and navigation problems for) the first 128 pages.
As part of an update of PGC Object
pages, posted images and discussion of the Lindsay-Shapley Ring Galaxy
Completed basic posts for NGC 450-499
Completed basic posts for NGC 400-449
Completed basic posts for NGC 1850-1899
Completed basic posts for NGC 1750-1799
and NGC 1800-1849
Completed basic posts for NGC 1700-1749
Completed basic posts for NGC 1650-1699
Completed basic posts for NGC 1600-1649
Posted HST images of peculiar spiral galaxy NGC 1614
Completed basic posts for IC 1550-1599
Completed basic posts for IC 1500-1549
Completed basic posts for IC 1400-1449
and IC 1450-1499
Completed basic posts for IC 1350-1399
Completed basic posts for IC 1250-1299
and IC 1300-1349
Completed basic posts for IC 1200-1249
Completed basic posts for IC 1150-1199
Completed basic posts for IC 1100-1149
Completed basic posts for NGC 2750-2799
Posted some pictures of the June 5 Transit of Venus
Completed basic posts for NGC 2700-2749
Completed basic posts for NGC 2650-2699
. Also added images and a discussion of the galactic collision known as Arp 148
Completed basic posts for NGC 2600-2649
Completed basic posts for NGC 2550-2599
Added HST images of NGC 891
, NGC 1672
, and NGC 4258
(M106). Also completed basic posts for NGC 2500-2549
Completed basic posts for NGC 2450-2499
Updated some entries and all tags for NGC 2400-2449
Posted images of the solar eclipse of May 20, 2012
, as observed directly and with "pinhole" cameras formed by shadows cast by a tree.
Fixed some display problems associated with the Opera browser.
Completed basic posts for NGC 2350-2399
Completed basic posts for NGC 2300-2349
Completed basic posts for NGC 2250-2299
Updated some entries for NGC 2000-2049
, NGC 2050-2099
, NGC 2100-2149
, NGC 2150-2199
and NGC 2200-2249
Completed basic posts for NGC 5750-5799
and NGC 5800-5849
Added images and some discussion of NGC 235
and its companion, PGC 2570. Also completed basic posts for NGC 5700-5749
Completed basic posts for NGC 5650-5699
Completed basic posts for NGC 5600-5649
Completed basic posts for NGC 5550-5599
Completed basic posts for NGC 5500-5549
More or less updated NGC 6800-6849
and NGC 6850-6899
to current format.
Posted additional picture and updated captions for the Egg Nebula, a pre-planetary nebula
. Also completed basic posts for NGC 6750-6799
and NGC 5450-5499
Completed basic posts for NGC 6700-6749
. Also added a "normal" view of Uranus
to the page of that name. Also updated the discussion of Planetary Transits
to explain why transits occur when they do, and added a discussion of how to safely view the Sun to that page and the one on Solar Eclipses
Completed basic posts for NGC 6650-6699
Completed basic posts for NGC 6600-6649
Completed basic posts for NGC 6550-6599
Completed basic posts for NGC 6500-6549
Completed basic posts for NGC 6450-6499
Completed basic posts for NGC 6400-6449
Completed basic posts for NGC 6350-6399
Completed basic posts for NGC 6300-6349
Completed basic posts for NGC 6250-6299
Completed basic posts for NGC 6200-6249
Completed basic posts for NGC 6150-6199
Completed basic posts for NGC 6050-6099
and NGC 6100-6149
Completed basic posts for NGC 6000-6049
Completed basic posts for NGC 5950-5999
Completed basic posts for NGC 5900-5949
Completed basic posts/pix for NGC 5850-5899
2011 Additions / Changes
Posted a map of Ursa Minor
that shows the precession of the Pole over the last 4800 years.
mid to late November:
Adding historical atlas images to Constellations
mid Jul to mid November:
Continued to work on the NGC/IC catalog. Have completed first and second iteration for all NGC pages, and 63 out of 108 IC pages, with over 3000 images posted so far.
Added a note about the recently discovered Earth Trojan asteroid
Added a note about a boy who apparently died before he was born to The Calendar
Added several images of Vesta
taken by the Dawn spacecraft as it neared and went into orbit around the asteroid.
Jun 25 - 21:
Continued work on NGC/IC pages, completing preliminary listings for over 90% of the 14000 entries, and more thorough listings for about a thousand objects.
Added image of Vesta
taken by the Dawn spacecraft as it approached that asteroid.
Jun 2 - 24:
Continued work on NGC/IC pages, finishing at least preliminary listings for over 80% of the 14000 entries.
Added a number of images and considerable discussion of NGC 4625
, an "ordinary" galaxy with extraordinary properties.
May 25 - 31:
Completed initial data entry for another 19 NGC/IC pages.
May 22 - 24:
Revised all 88 constellation page navigation bars and Greek letter entries to fix Firefox browser problems ("bad" Greek letters may still exist on other pages).
May 15 - 21:
Completed initial data entry for another 24 NGC/IC pages.
Apr 28 - May 14:
Entered discovery and other data for nearly 50 IC and NGC pages, and updated numerous images and their captions (for example, see the Heart and Soul Nebulae, IC 1805
Apr 21 - 27:
Updated the navigation bars for all 108 IC pages, and created QuickLinks and link targets for all 5386 IC listings.
Posted images and discussion of Arp 273
Apr 11 - 20:
Finished updating the navigation bars for all 157 NGC pages, and creating QuickLinks and link targets for all 7840 NGC listings.
Apr 9 - 10:
Replaced the Symbol font in the navigation bars for the 74 NGC pages for which iteration 1 is complete. Part of iteration 1 involves updating the old navigation bars, so will replace the Symbol font in the navigation bars of all remaining pages as part of that process. Other uses of that font (for Greek letters) and Wingdings will be dealt with later, so the warning about using Firefox remains in effect.
Apr 6 - 8:
Discovered that Firefox does not display the supposedly universal Symbol font used for Greek letters and such; as a result, began what will be a long, tedious effort to find every use of that font on the website and replace the characters with truly universal replacements. Also completed iteration 1 for NGC 1 - 3599.
Added a discussion of the first image returned by the MESSENGER spacecraft after it went into orbit around Mercury
Completed iteration 1 of NGC 1 - 2999.
Essentially completed iteration 1 (see March 13) of NGC 1 - 2499.
Posted a lengthy discussion and several images of Mirach's Ghost
Completed iteration 1 (see March 13) of NGC 1 - 1999.
Posted a brief note about the "super" full moon of March 19 at Pictures of the Moon
Posted images and discussion of the Cartwheel Galaxy
, and half a dozen NGC objects (in particular, NGC 1275
Completed iteration 1 (page layout, updated navigation bars, QuickLinks for all entries, and Steinicke discovery data) for all objects from NGC 1 through 1099.
Mar 6 - 12:
Worked on expanding coverage of NGC 1 - 799; also posted image and discussion of PGC 198197
, an unusual alignment of galaxies in Sculptor.
Posted image of asteroid Toutatis
, and a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter moon map
February 26 - Mar 1:
Started working on pages for NGC 2450 - 2499
and NGC 200 - 249
. In the case of the latter, learned about a century-old mystery involving NGC 218
which was recently solved, but is still generally unknown.
February 20 - 24:
Finished second iteration of Sky Atlas pages for NGC 2400 - 2449
(Detailed historical and physical information for every object, and improved images for a few). Also posted expanded discussion and additional images of NGC 4449
February 14 - 19:
Finished first iteration of Sky Atlas pages for NGC 2400 - 2449
(Basic discovery and physical description, and images of every object), and NGC 2600 - 2649
. Also completed basic entry (but only a few images) for NGC 2500 - 2549
February 10 - 13:
Worked on entries and images for NGC 2600 - 2649
(NGC 2622 and 2623 are especially interesting, and NGC 2632 is the famous Beehive Cluster, or Praesepe), and added discussion and images of the colliding galaxy pair Arp 261
and the light echo Hanny's Voorwerp
February 2 - 4:
Used SDSS-III image release to replace many older images of NGC 1 - 49
, 50 - 99
, 100 - 149
and 7800 - 7840
with better ones.
Posted images and discussion related to the seventh anniversary of the Opportunity
rover's exploration of Mars, and images of Phobos
passing in front of the Sun, as seen by the rover in 2004.
Revised The Local Group
, to add improved images and captions, and remove obsolete or otherwise less satisfactory ones.
Posted images and discussion of the spectacular galaxy collision, PGC 65779
Posted a color version of the image of Saturn
originally posted in late December. Also, over the last few days have made substantial progress in "finalizing" various NGC/IC/PGC entries (all told, about a hundred new images and entries were made in the last week).
Finished posting preliminary images for all NGC 100 - 149
January 8: NGC 100 - 149
: all but finished with 100-130, placeholders completed for all entries.