Markarian’s Chain

Markarian’s Chain
Sketch by Eric Graff

This beautiful chain of island universes lies some 70 million light years away, at the heart of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The cluster contains more than 2000 galaxies, about 1 percent of which are visible in Eric Graff’s sketch above. Eric created this mosaic while observing with his 6″ Newtonian reflector.