M 33


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Date Taken:
Garrett
Messier 33
Galaxy
Mayhill, NM
11-17-2009
Description

The Triangulum Galaxy (also known as Messier 33 or NGC 598) is a spiral galaxy approximately 3 million light-years away in the constellation Triangulum. With a diameter of about 50,000 light-years, it is the third largest galaxy in the Local Group, a group of galaxies which also contains the Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy, and it may be a gravitationally bound companion of the Andromeda Galaxy. Estimates indicate that Triangulum may be home to between 30 and 40 billion stars, compared to the 1000 billion stars for Andromeda and   200-400 billion for the Milky Way.

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
Lum 2 Hrs RGB 1.5 Hrs
Camera:
SBIG STL-11000M
Telescope:
RCOS 16 inch f/8.7 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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