Leo Triplet

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Galaxies

Leo Triplet

Messier 66 is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 36 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1780. M66 is about 95 thousand light-years across with striking dust lanes and bright star clusters along sweeping spiral arms. M66 is part of the famous Leo Triplet, a small group of galaxies that also includes M65 and NGC 3628. Four supernovae have been observed in...

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IC 1795

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Nebulae

IC 1795

IC 1795 / NGC 896 is an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia.  A star forming region, the intense red color comes from hydrogen photon emissions.  Also visible in this nebula are dark lanes of obscuring dust.  The nebula is approximately 6000 light years distant. The brighter region of the nebula is also labeled NGC 896. This was a test with Ha and SII filters to see the impact of the full moon made in February 2016. The star colors are not corrected. Very much noise in the SII channel due to the...

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