I decided since I had already downloaded all the datasets I may as well process the whole thing, just to see it and visit the past. The original imagery is easy enough to obtain but only if you know where to look and how to get it. It’s definitely not easy to work with, though. It’s very raw and seemingly set aside in some forgotten closet to gather dust. Maybe it’s embarrassing to look at or maybe it’s just outdated. To me it’s like looking at some hundred-year-old photo before the photographic process was optimized through iterations of technological advances and mistakes were easily made. It’s only twenty years old, though. I would have been about ten when this image was captured.
If you haven’t already, see here for a modern view of M100 by Hubble.
North is about 9.3° counter-clockwise from up.
Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt
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