IC 10 Starburst Galaxy

IC 10 Starburst Galaxy

Constellation: Casseopiea
Ra: 0h 21m 2s
Dec: +59d 17m 33s
Distance: 2.3 million light years
Image Size: 36' x 36'
North: Upper right

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IC 10 is a starburst galaxy reddened in the plane of the Milky Way that is 2.3 million light years distant and is 5,000 light years across (~5 arc-min) in the constellation of Cassiopeia. As a member of the Local Group of Galaxies, it is the closest known starburst galaxy. Actually, it is more similar to the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) observed in the southern hemisphere. The LMC orbits around the Milky Way, whereas IC 10 orbits around the Andromeda Galaxy, M31. Here is an interesting summary of the research findings of this interesting dwarf galaxy:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070829192102.htm

Exposure: 14 hrs Total: 5 hrs Lum, 9 hrs RGB
Telescope: RCOS 16" RC f/8.9 tube
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME
Oag: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: CCD AutoPilot4
Calibration: CCDStack2
Observatory Site: Sierra-Remote Observatories, Shaver Lake, CA
Camera: Apogee U16M
Filters: Astrodon Gen 2 LRGB
Guider: SBIG ST-402
Camera Operation: MaximDL4.62
Processing: Photoshop CS5 Extended
Image Date: 08/05/2010

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