Markarian Galaxies

Markarian Galaxies


Hubble's view of the blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209 Hubble’s view of the blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209

The Discovery Channel posted today an interesting “photo of the day” on their Facebook page. It’s a picture as seen by the Hubble telescope of a galaxy known as the Markarian 209. Now why does a galaxy have such an Armenian name? Let’s examine.

Markarian 209 is a part of a whole group of bright Markarian Galaxies. They belong to a class of galaxies with a bright center that radiates an excessive amounts of ultraviolet. They are named after their discoverer, a renown Armenian astrophysicist Beniamin Markarian (1913-1985) who in 1965 first discovered these galaxies at Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory in Armenia. 

Beniamin Markarian on Armenian stamp, 2013 Beniamin Markarian on Armenian stamp, 2013

Beniamin Markarian was considered one of the greatest observing astronomers of the 20th century. He worked at the Byurakan Observatory since 1946 on theories of star-formation, clusters and super-clusters. He studied star associations and published the first systematic catalog of OB…

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13 thoughts on “Markarian Galaxies

    1. Thank you Sheri so much, I deeply appreciate your comments and compliments about Armenia and how talented they are. Armenians are brilliant in music, chemistry and in creativity. Did you received my email earlier?

      1. Mihran – I’ll go look right now. I’ve not checked e-mail today as I’ve been dealing with doctors for Tom the last few days. Thank you for giving me something to look forward too. At the hospital the last few nights I’ve played your music and nurses and doctors alike have written down not only your Facebook page but music videos as well.

  1. Interesting post, I love to read about space, just looking at the picture makes me wonder all that is out there and how small we are. thank you for sharing

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