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Image of the day 01/31/2021

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    NGC 1532, a distorted edge on spiral galaxy in Eridanus, 



    
        

            Niall MacNeill
      NGC 1532, a distorted edge on spiral galaxy in Eridanus, 



    
        

            Niall MacNeill

      NGC 1532, a distorted edge on spiral galaxy in Eridanus

      Image of the day 01/31/2021

      Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
        NGC 1532, a distorted edge on spiral galaxy in Eridanus, 



    
        

            Niall MacNeill
          NGC 1532, a distorted edge on spiral galaxy in Eridanus, 



    
        

            Niall MacNeill

          NGC 1532, a distorted edge on spiral galaxy in Eridanus

          Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C14 Edge HD

          Imaging cameras: SBIG 16803

          Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX+

          Guiding cameras: SBIG 16803

          Software: Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Software Bisque Sky X Professional  ·  PixInsight

          Filters: Astronomik LUM 2"  ·  Astronimik H-Alpha 6nm  ·  Astronomik RGB 2"


          Dates:Jan. 16, 2021

          Frames: 98x600" (16h 20')

          Integration: 16h 20'

          Avg. Moon age: 3.36 days

          Avg. Moon phase: 12.24%


          Astrometry.net job: 4171487

          RA center: 4h 12' 18"

          DEC center: -32° 53' 35"

          Pixel scale: 0.475 arcsec/pixel

          Orientation: -84.500 degrees

          Field radius: 0.370 degrees


          Resolution: 3910x4015

          Locations: Home property, Wattle Flat, NSW, Australia

          Data source: Backyard

          Description

          I have been imaging NGC 1532 in recent weeks and have just completed processing the image. My friend Rodney Watters, who was imaging the same object and recently got IOTD for his fabulous image, encouraged me to also image it so we could compare shorter and longer focal length versions.

          It is a most unusual and beautiful galaxy. It is an edge-on apparently barred spiral about 58 million light years away in the constellation of Eridanus. It is quite large at 120,000 light years across, which makes it somewhat larger in diameter than the Milky Way at 106,000 light years..

          The smaller galaxy above it in the image is NGC 1531. These are clearly interacting and the smaller galaxy has distorted the disk of the main galaxy and gravitational forces seem to have pulled a couple of the spiral arms out of the plane of the rest of the galaxy.

          My long focal length 3.91m, means that I can get tremendous detail on such distant targets. The image scale is 0.47 arc secs per pixel, so when the seeing is good, which it is reasonably frequently, I can resolve down to 1.5 arc secs, giving very fine detail as you can see here.

          I also captured Hydrogen Alpha and it is most prominent in a very bright linear region in the spiral arm being distorted upwards in the image to the right of the central bulge of the galaxy. There are also some pockets in this same arm where it curls around behind the galaxy centre from our perspective. Interestingly there is also one very bright Ha region between NGC 1532 and 1531.

          There are a myriad of smaller galaxies in the image. Notably in the lower part of the image there is a beautiful but distant spiral galaxy and its structure can just be made out. Just below it and clearly even further in the distance one can see two interacting galaxies, with a star stream between them.

          The mouse-over shows a more detailed view of the interacting pair of galaxies. You can see the beautiful structure and colour of the interacting galaxies very well. Note the brown dust filaments in the companion galaxy.

          Capture details:
          Luminance: 27 x 10mins
          Red: 15 x 10mins
          Green: 16 x 10mins
          Blue: 13 x 10mins
          Ha: 9 x 30 mins
          Total integration 980mins (16.3 hrs)
          35 Flats per colour channel,
          35 Bias,
          35 Darks.

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          Description: Mouse-over zoomed in version, showing detail of the interacting galaxies.

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          NGC 1532, a distorted edge on spiral galaxy in Eridanus, 



    
        

            Niall MacNeill