This is my first Astronomical Photo, UGC 507. Not much of a name, but it is a name.
In case you don't see it right off hand it is the long white deal tiled at about 45 degrees.
The rest of the spots are stars. We (My Instructor, Dr. Ronald Wilhelm, and I)
estimated that the distance to this galaxy is over 240 million light years away.
A light year is the distance traveled by light in one year. Light travels at about 300,000 kilometers per second,
that is pretty fast. It takes light 8 minutes to get from the surface of the Sun to the surface of the Earth.
The north star is about 390 light years away. If we could travel the speed of light it would take us 390
years to reach the north star. So anyway 240 million light years is far, and we still go a picture. COOL huh.