Black hole drives hot jets

Spiral galaxy Messier 106 is unusual. It has four spiral arms instead of the usual two. The normal pair are the ones with the string of blue towards their ends – hot young stars in an early stage of life.

Stones & Stars

The island has a standing stone, with a small hole in it. This type of stone seems to date from the Neolithic period, four to five thousand years ago.

Ten years of Orkney Sky Notes

The Orcadian's Orkney Sky Notes column is ten years old. The column, produced by Rousay astronomer John Vetterlein, has become not only an essential guide to the Orkney night sky but also an ideal way to learn about astronomy.