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Contains:  NGC 4039, Antennae, NGC 4038

Image of the day 04/10/2018

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    NGC 4038 (Antennae) - Deep Sky West Remote Observatory, 





    
        

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    NGC 4038 (Antennae) - Deep Sky West Remote Observatory

    NGC 4038 (Antennae) - Deep Sky West Remote Observatory

    Link to TIFF/FITS: http://www.deepskywest.com

    Technical card

    Resolution: 1401x1402

    Dates:March 22, 2018

    Frames:
    Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 22x600" bin 1x1
    Astrodon Green Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 18x600" bin 1x1
    Astrodon Luminance Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 27x600" bin 1x1
    Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 22x600" bin 1x1

    Integration: 14.8 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 5.08 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 26.51%

    Astrometry.net job: 1991861

    RA center: 180.476 degrees

    DEC center: -18.883 degrees

    Pixel scale: 0.995 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 1.368 degrees

    Field radius: 0.274 degrees

    Locations: Deep Sky West Remote Obsevatory (DSW), Rowe, New Mexico, United States

    Description

    NGC 4038 - From APOD....

    This galaxy is having a bad millennium. In fact, the past 100 million years haven't been so good, and probably the next billion or so will be quite tumultuous. Visible on the upper left, NGC 4038 used to be a normal spiral galaxy, minding its own business, until NGC 4039, toward its right, crashed into it. The evolving wreckage, known famously as the Antennae, is pictured above. As gravity restructures each galaxy, clouds of gas slam into each other, bright blue knots of stars form, massive stars form and explode, and brown filaments of dust are strewn about. Eventually the two galaxies will converge into one larger spiral galaxy. Such collisions are not unusual, and even our own Milky Way Galaxy has undergone several in the past and is predicted to collide with our neighboring Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years.

    Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)

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