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Contains:  NGC 3729, NGC 3718
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NGC 3718, 





    
        

            Kent Wood
NGC 3718

Technical card

Resolution: 1999x2000

Dates:Feb. 4, 2019

Frames: 120x600"

Integration: 20.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 29.20 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.13%

Astrometry.net job: 2662971

RA center: 173.151 degrees

DEC center: 53.060 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.865 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 225.004 degrees

Field radius: 0.340 degrees

Locations: Star lodge Observatory, Fairview, Utah, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Description

Center stage in this image is NGC 3718. NGC 3718 is either a Lenticular or Spiral galaxy that appears to have had a significant gravitational interaction with its neighbor NGC 3729, causing a warped, helical shape in the former, and a disrupted disk in the later. Both lie about 52 million ly away from us in Ursa Major and about 150,000 ly away from each other. The Hickson 56 galaxy group lies above and to the left, in the 11 o’clock position from 3718. The lower 4 galaxies are interacting with one another, but the 5th and highest is a Seyfert galaxy and is not currently interacting with the group. This cluster of galaxies lies close to 8 times further than NGC 3718 at approximately 425 million light years distant.

I am amazed again at the beauty of the cosmos. Nicholas Copernicus, in his seminal work, “Of the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres”, expresses well why many of us continue to be drawn to the study and photography of the Heavens:

“The strongest affection and utmost zeal should, I think, promote the studies concerned with the most beautiful objects. This is the discipline that deals with the Universe’s divine revolutions, the stars’ motions, sizes, distances, risings and settings…for what is more beautiful than heaven?” Nicholaus Copernicus, Preface to De Revolutionibus

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