M96 (HLA and HLA+RGB), 


            Ruben Barbosa

M96 (HLA and HLA+RGB)

M96 (HLA and HLA+RGB), 


            Ruben Barbosa

M96 (HLA and HLA+RGB)

Acquisition details

Blue: 10×1200(3h 20′) bin 2×2
F814W: 3×980(49′) bin 1×1
Green: 10×1200(3h 20′) bin 2×2
H-alpha F656N: 6×300(30′) bin 2×2
Red: 10×1200(3h 20′) bin 2×2
11h 19′

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 5729101

Resolution: 3618x3700

File size: 6.7 MB

Data source: Professional, scientific grade data


* Image acquisition: Andrei Ioda (RGB), NASA/ESA/HLA (Luminance, layer build with F814W filter).

* Assembly and processing: Ruben Barbosa.

* Distance: 35 Mly.

M96 (also known as NGC 3368) is a spiral galaxy located about 35 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo.

This object is extremely difficult to find with binoculars; With a 25.4 cm (10 inch) aperture telescope, the galaxy is visible as a halo with the brightest central region.

The galaxy resembles a gigantic whirlwind of glowing, dark-toned gas that turns toward the core and contains about the same mass and size as the Milky Way.

The main features are:

• The nucleus, where a supermassive black hole resides, exhibits a weak activity level and does not occupy the central part of the galaxy and

• The arms contain gas and dust unevenly spread across the disc, and also exhibit asymmetries.

Astronomers believe that these features are related to gravitational interactions of other galaxies in the same group (about 50).



  • M96 (HLA and HLA+RGB), 


            Ruben Barbosa
  • Final
    M96 (HLA and HLA+RGB), 


            Ruben Barbosa


M96 (HLA and HLA+RGB), 


            Ruben Barbosa

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