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Contains:  NGC 4438, The Eyes, NGC 4435, NGC 4425, IC 3355, NGC 4413, M 86, NGC 4406, NGC 4402, NGC 4388, NGC 4387, IC 3303, M 84, NGC 4374

Image of the day 04/27/2019

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    M86 - Markarian's Chain, 


            Gary Imm
    M86 - Markarian's Chain

    M86 - Markarian's Chain

    Technical card

    Resolution: 4391x3300

    Dates:May 5, 2018May 6, 2018April 10, 2019April 11, 2019

    Astrodon Blue 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 200x60" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
    Astrodon Green 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 200x60" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
    Astrodon Lum 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 600x60" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
    Astrodon Red 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 200x60" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

    Integration: 20.0 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 12.90 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 50.01% job: 2650483

    RA center: 186.609 degrees

    DEC center: 12.902 degrees

    Pixel scale: 0.781 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 194.768 degrees

    Field radius: 0.596 degrees

    Locations: Backyard (Mag 20.8), Onalaska, Texas, United States

    Data source: Backyard


    This object is a beautiful galaxy group located 50 million light years away in the constellation of Virgo. Markarian's Chain is named after an Armenian astronomer in the 1970s and represents a stretch of galaxies that forms part of the Virgo Cluster. This image field of view captures about half of the galaxies in the chain.

    At the lower left and lower center are two large but featureless elliptical galaxies, M84 and M86. Prominent on the right side are a pair of interacting galaxies known as The Eyes (Arp 120), with a spectacular sprawling dust lane. Other beautiful spiral galaxies are also evident in this image, some with striking dark dust lanes. The tiny blue irregular galaxy at the lower right shaped like an "L" is IC 3355.

    The bright galaxies in the image are beautiful. But I also enjoy the hundreds of faint galaxies scattered throughout the background and visible in the full resolution view. I especially like the many tiny galaxies visible when looking through and just above the bright elliptical galaxy M84 (NGC 4374) on the left side of the image.



    Gary Imm
    License: None (All rights reserved)

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    M86 - Markarian's Chain, 


            Gary Imm