Drawing of spiral galaxy M99 by William Parsons, the Third Earl of Rosse. M99 was the second "nebula" recognized as spiral by Lord Rosse. Based on his observation of March 11, 1848, he commented:
"Spiral with a bright star above; a thin portion of the nebula reaches across this star and some distance past it. Principal spiral at the bottom and turning toward the right."
Last Modification: 27 Jul 2000