Galaxy mosaic installed in Science Learning and Research Center "is an effective symbol of the dynamic scientific initiatives" on campus
July 17, 2008
DEARBORN / July 17, 2008---The latest addition to the Science Learning and Research Center (SLRC) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is a circular mosaic representing the “Cigar Galaxy” or M82, which is found in the constellation Ursa Major when observed from Earth.
The mosaic was installed in the floor of the building’s atrium, directly under the astronomical dome three stories up.
The mosaic has striking colors and was chosen in part to coordinate with the interior color palette chosen for the SLRC, according to Donald Bord, professor of physics and interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn.
“We also selected this image because the dynamism of this galaxy is an effective symbol of the dynamic scientific initiatives being undertaken in the SLRC,” Bord said. “The image beautifully displays the massive jets of hot, hydrogen gas being expelled from the center of M82 as a result of an explosive burst of star formation there. These jets, extending thousands of light years into space, constitute a ‘superwind’ traveling outward at more than a million miles per hour.”
The mosaic is a version of an image of M82 created by combining data from the Hubble Space Telescope and a telescope in Arizona and prepared by a team of astronomers at University College, London. This photo was taken by Ruth Dusenbery, director of the Science Learning Center.