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A place to bring together some historical notes, facts and figures and a collection of images of the Sculptor Galaxy ( NGC 253 ) and the multitudes of distant galaxies that surround it.

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John Herschel in South Africa ( NGC 253, Sculptor Galaxy )

Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope Having spent the years 1825 to 1833 cataloguing the double stars, nebulae and clusters of stars visible from Slough, in the south of England,  John Herschel, together with his family and telescopes,  set sail from Portsmouth on the 13th of November 1833 bound for Cape Town.   As detailed below, in an extract from his book, the family enjoyed a pleasant and uneventful voyage and arrived some 5 months later at Table Bay with all family and instrument

MikeODay

MikeODay

Observations by John Herschel ( Sculptor Galaxy, NGC 253 )

Observations of the Sculptor Galaxy ( NGC 253 ) by William and John Herschel ......... Part 2.  Observations of "Caroline's Galaxy" by Sir John Herschel,  1830's Sir John Herschel, the only child of Mary Baldwin and Sir William Herschel, was born in 1792 when his father was in middle age and already famous as one of world's leading astronomers.  Having excelled in school, and no doubt inspired by his famous elders, John Herschel decided upon a career as a 'man of science' and

MikeODay

MikeODay

Observations by William Herschel ( Sculptor Galaxy - NGC 253 )

Observations of the Sculptor Galaxy ( NGC 253 ) by William and John Herschel The very large and bright 'nebula' discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783, that we now know as the Sculptor Galaxy, was observed a number of times by her 'dear brother' Sir William Herschel and by her 'beloved nephew' Sir John Herschel, Baronet.  Some of these observations were recorded and published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and, with respect to those by Sir John in South Africa, in t

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MikeODay

Discovery by Caroline Herschel - 1783 ( Sculptor Galaxy, NGC 253 )

The Discovery of the Sculptor Galaxy by Miss Caroline Herschel in 1783 On the 23rd of September 1783, sitting before her telescope in the field behind the house she shared with her brother William in Datchet near Slough in the south of England, Miss Caroline Herschel "swept" the sky searching for new comets and never before seen star clusters and nebulae.   On this occasion, way down in the sky, not far above the Southern horizon, Miss Herschel saw and noted down a very bright and large neb

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MikeODay

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