M95


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Obj Type
Location
Date Taken:
Smoot
Messier 95
Galaxy
Mayhill, NM
03-15-2009
Description

M95 is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation LEO.  It lies about 38 million light years away and has a diameter of about 50,000 light years.  M95 is a part of a group of galaxies that also contains M96 and M105 and a number of other fainter galaxies.  Several of these fainter galaxies can be seen in the full size image of M95.  It also contains a ring about the center that is about 2000 light years wide and is a location of star formation.

The Hubble took several observations of Cephid variables in this galaxy in the late 1990's as part of a project to better determine the Hubble constant.

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
3.75 hrs Lum/2 hrs each RGB
Camera:
SBIG STL-11000M
Telescope:
RCOS 16 inch f/8.7 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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