NGC 1313

NGC 1313

Distorted Galaxy in Reticulum

Constellation: Reticulum
Ra: 3h 18m 16s
Dec: -66d 29m 43s
Distance: 15 million light years
North: Up

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Description

NGC 1313 is a distorted galaxy about 15 million light years distant in the southern constellation of Reticulum. It is distorted on several scales with blue patches of new star formation in tightly coiled spirals, and a larger, distorted envelope or galactic halo. Considerable background dust is apparent beyond the brigher halo. It is classified as a starburst galaxy due to those intense regions of new star formation that are occurring at a rate 1000x faster than our Milky Way. It has a barred spiral core.

Exposure: 8 hrs Total; 3 hrs Lum, 5 hrs RGB
Telescope: 14.5
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME
Oag: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: CCD AutoPilot4
Calibration: CCDStack2
Camera: Apogee U16M
Filters: Astrodon Gen 2 CRGB
Guider: SBIG ST-402
Camera Operation: MaximDL5.08
Processing: Photoshop CS3
Image Date: 10/22/2009

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