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Polar ring galaxy NGC660, 



    
        

            Rick Stevenson

Polar ring galaxy NGC660

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Polar ring galaxy NGC660, 



    
        

            Rick Stevenson

Polar ring galaxy NGC660

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Ceravolo 300 Astrograph (f/4.9)
Imaging Cameras
FLI PL-16803
Filters
Astrodon E-series 2 LRGB
Software
Maxim DL · DC-3 Dreams ACP

Acquisition details

Frames:
106x900" (26h 30')
Integration:
26h 30'

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1114899

Resolution: 2680x1896

Description

NGC660 is an unusual polar ring galaxy approximately 45 million light years away in Pisces. Polar ring galaxies have an outer ring of gas and stars that rotates over the poles of the galaxy. They are thought to be created by tidal accretion of matter from another passing galaxy or by galactic mergers. In the case of NGC660, the ring is actually at a 45 degree angle to the poles which makes it more likely to have been formed by accretion. It is also a starburst galaxy with star formation happening at an extremely rapid rate.

There are two revisions of the image. The first is the full field and the second is a crop of the region around NGC660.

The data for this image was captured at SRO in California between Dec 2015 and Feb 2016,

Acquisition credit: John Kasianowicz, Daniele Malleo, Leonardo Orazi, Rob Pfile, Rick Stevenson and Jerry Yesavage.

Processing credit: Rick Stevenson

Comments

Revisions

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  • Final
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Histogram

Polar ring galaxy NGC660, 



    
        

            Rick Stevenson