Celestial hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Leo (Leo)  ·  Contains:  NGC 3521
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Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 761485

RA center: 11h05m48s.7

DEC center: -00°0151

Orientation: -88.341 degrees

Field radius: 0.318 degrees

Resolution: 2000x1558

File size: 430.0 KB

Locations: Meadowlark Ridge Observatory, New Glarus, Wisconsin, United States

Description

NGC 3521 resides in relative solitude, approximately 35 million light years from earth, between the constellations of Leo, Virgo and Hydra. The arms of this beautiful galaxy are somewhat irregular and discontinuous and as such is categorized as a flocculent spiral galaxy.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect is the gas bubble evident around the galaxy. It is theorized that this gas shell is likely tidal debris – remnants of stars torn from satellite galaxies that merged with NGC 3521. Due to this gaseous shell it is sometimes referred to as the “Bubble Galaxy”.

The fact that Charles Messier did not discover this galaxy remains somewhat of a mystery as it is brighter than several he did discover in nearby Leo. William Herschel is credited with its discovery in 1784.

Exposure: L = 30 x 360s and 14 x 600s (total 5h 20m) RGB: 9 x 360s each bin 2x2.

Revision B: At the suggestion of others I have included more of the faint shell, or halo, around the galaxy. My apologies but in this case I believe the revisions really improved the image. Thanks to those that suggested it.

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