Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Ursa Major (UMa)  ·  Contains:  NGC 3310  ·  NGC3310

Image of the day 04/25/2021

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    NGC 3310: Glittering Galaxy, 



    
        

            Adam Block
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    NGC 3310: Glittering Galaxy

    Image of the day 04/25/2021

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      NGC 3310: Glittering Galaxy, 



    
        

            Adam Block
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      NGC 3310: Glittering Galaxy

      Technical card

      Imaging telescopes or lenses: Schulman 0.8m Reflector RCOS  ·  0.6m RC Optical Systems

      Imaging cameras: Kodak 16803 SBIG STX

      Guiding telescopes or lenses: Schulman 0.8m Reflector RCOS  ·  0.6m RC Optical Systems

      Software: PIXINSIGHT Pleiades

      Filters: Broadband RGB AstroDon Gen II


      Dates:April 17, 2021

      Frames: 114x1200"

      Integration: 38.0 hours

      Avg. Moon age: 4.82 days

      Avg. Moon phase: 24.09%


      Astrometry.net job: 4419246

      RA center: 10h 38' 43"

      DEC center: +53° 30' 33"

      Pixel scale: 0.384 arcsec/pixel

      Orientation: -112.017 degrees

      Field radius: 0.194 degrees


      Resolution: 2611x2530

      Data source: Mix of multiple source

      Description

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      NGC 3310 is a starburst, grand design spiral galaxy that has collided with another galaxy recently:

      https://www.adamblockphotos.com/ngc-3310.html

      The collision has caused NGC 3310 to light up with prodigious star formation (pink) and hot bluish, massive, stars. You might wonder where the other galaxy is? Likely the faint loops, plumes and tidal tails that surround this galaxy are all that remain. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the outer structure. This image was more than 10 years in the making. The data comes from 2011, 2017, and some recent color images. I have been chasing this galaxy having visited it each epoch of my imaging career. I think it should be more well known!

      The dynamic range of NGC 3310 and the glare of fifth magnitude star HD 92095 make this a real challenge. I used to be known as a "galaxy guy" and I hope you agree I used every ounce of those powers to show you a galaxy unlike any other in the local Universe. NGC 3310 is around 40 million light years away. A supernova recently exploded in this galaxy- however the image here is from data prior to the event.

      I *love* the weird linear spokes in the disk that are testament to the great forces at work. In addition, the faintest outer loops of this galaxy are not known in the literature (that I am aware of)- so you are the first to see them well.

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      NGC 3310: Glittering Galaxy, 



    
        

            Adam Block