NGC4038


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Catalog
Obj Type
Location
Date Taken:
SSRO Published
NGC 4038
Nebula
CTIO, Chile
04-08-2010
Description

The Antennae Galaxy (sometimes called the Ringtail Galaxy) was formed by the collision of two spiral galaxies (NGC4038 and NGC4039) some 63 million light years from Earth (located in the direction of Corvus or "the Raven" constellation in the southern sky). It is surmised that an increase in the density of interstellar gas at the time of collision gave birth to countless new star clusters.

This image was chosen as the APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) for May 7, 2007, click here to see the archived APOD.

This version, which I prefer, retains some slight blooming and some diffraction rays from the brighter stars as often observed in images from professional observatories.  Jack Harvey

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
7 hours lum, 3 hours/channel RGB
Camera:
Apogee U9
Telescope:
RCOS Carbon Truss 16 inch f/11.3 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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