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Contains:  NGC 4039, Antennae, NGC 4038
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Antenna Nebula, 





    
        

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Antenna Nebula

Antenna Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 1828x1828

Dates:April 11, 2018

Frames: 72x600"

Integration: 12.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 25.02 days

Avg. Moon phase: 21.34%

Astrometry.net job: 2010136

RA center: 180.473 degrees

DEC center: -18.873 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.935 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.915 degrees

Field radius: 0.336 degrees

Locations: Darkestskies.com, Rosman, NC, United States

Description

The image was obtained this week. Total imaging time was about 10 hours only. Each sub was a 10 minute UNGUIDED image...as usual at Darkestskies.com we NEVER autoguide, why bother?

Skies weren't even as good as usual but hey ya take what you can get!

For those interested in science, these two colliding galaxies are going through a star burst period, evident in the image for sure. As the gas clouds collide the inject enough energy to cause star formation to begin. These two galaxies were at one point, both on their own. Note the extremely long tails, you can easily imagine planets and stars were orphaned by the collision. The galaxies are about 55 million light years from us.

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