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Meet the Galaxies (and More…) – Part 1 – A Song About Astronomy

Meet the Galaxies (and More…) – Part 1 – A Song About Astronomy


Swirling through Space are clusters of billions of stars Bound by gravity, some are close and some are far Collections of stars, gas and dust, Each grouping is unique These groups are known as galaxies
Let’s see who we can meet They are Galaxies
Traveling at great velocity Held together by gravity
Cosmic Mysteries They are Galaxies
Several different kinds for you to see Some common and some anomalies
It’s time for you to Meet… I’m the Milky Way
The Galaxy where you are from I’m a Spiral Galaxy
I have reaching spiraled Arms My stars, gas and dust
gather in my spiral arms that reach outward from my center
as we swirl across the breach Messier 87 an elliptical Galaxy
In the Virgo Cluster is where you’ll find me I’ve got a black hole at the center of me
With an ejection jet for all to see I’m elliptically shaped, with no special features
No spiraled arms, No internal structure I’m an old supergiant elliptical Galaxy
There is very little gas or dust left in me I’m the small Magellanic Cloud
Quite unique, of this I’m proud I’m an Irregular Dwarf Galaxy
I’m small and oddly shaped, you see I’m full of stellar matter, gas and dust
Making new stars, bright and mysterious I travel with the Large Magellanic Cloud
We’re orbiting our Neighbor the Milky Way now We are Galaxies
Traveling at great velocity Held together by gravity
Cosmic Mysteries We are Galaxies
Several different kinds for you to see Some common and some anomalies
It’s time for you to Meet… We are the merging Antennae Galaxies We collided hundreds of millions of years ago you see We are classified as a Peculiar Galaxy Because, we’re very different and shaped abnormally We’re also known as a Starburst Galaxy Because our star formation rate is very high and happening rapidly NGC 4111
A special type of Galaxy, I am one in the constellation Canes Venatici
I’m known as a lenticular galaxy, Why? My shape is between spiral and elliptical
I have no arms but a great central bulge Surrounded by a flattened disk
I’m not a sight that you should miss I’m NGC 1365
The Fornax Constellation is where I reside One of the largest galaxies I’m huge in size
200,000 light years across, I’m wide The Great Barred Spiral Galaxy
A Bright center and Bar of old stars across me I have very prominent blue spiral arms
Which add to my unending charm Galaxies
Traveling at great velocity Held together by gravity
Cosmic Mysteries We are Galaxies
Several different kinds for you to see Some common and some anomalies
It’s time for you to Meet… I am quasar 3C 273
I emit large amounts of energy I ‘m the bright center of a galaxy,
Powered by a black hole at the center of me The Brightest objects in the universe
I’m the quasar that was discovered first In a large elliptical galaxy far away
In the constellation Virgo is where I stay Swirling through Space are clusters of billions of stars Bound by gravity, some are close and some are far We are Galaxies
Traveling at great velocity Held together by gravity
Cosmic Mysteries We are Galaxies
Several different kinds for you to see Some common and some anomalies
It’s time for you to Meet…

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