Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Crater (Crt)  ·  Contains:  NGC 3981  ·  NGC3981

Image of the day 08/28/2020

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    Windblown NGC 3981, 



    
        

            Adam Block
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    Image of the day 08/28/2020

    Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
      Windblown NGC 3981, 



    
        

            Adam Block
      Powered byPixInsight

      Imaging telescopes or lenses: CHI-3, 100 cm F6.8 Reflector

      Imaging cameras: FLI PL 16803

      Mounts: ASA Alt-Az Direct Drive Mount

      Guiding telescopes or lenses: CHI-3, 100 cm F6.8 Reflector

      Filters: Broadband RGB AstroDon Gen II


      Dates:Feb. 4, 2020

      Frames: 96x1200" (32h)

      Integration: 32h

      Avg. Moon age: 9.66 days

      Avg. Moon phase: 73.32%


      Astrometry.net job: 3767609

      RA center: 11h 56' 5"

      DEC center: -19° 54' 22"

      Pixel scale: 0.455 arcsec/pixel

      Orientation: 47.524 degrees

      Field radius: 0.210 degrees


      Resolution: 2441x2243

      Locations: Telescope LIve, Río Hurtado, Coquimbo Region, Chile

      Description

      Windblown Mystery:

      Although not actually blown by a great celestial wind, NGC 3981 certainly looks like it is moving rapidly through space with several of its arms trailing to one side:

      https://www.adamblockphotos.com/ngc-3981.html

      There are very few images of this galaxy published at this moment. It is part of the NGC 4038 group some 65 million light years ago and, like the eponymous set of colliding galaxies, NGC 3981 appears to have interacted strongly with other galaxies- though none in the vicinity seem to be the apparent cause. I hope this is a new view for you showing off the wonders of the Universe.

      Data Courtesy of http://Telescope.live

      This data and a video recording of me processing it, is available to members of AdamBlockStudios.com .

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      Windblown NGC 3981, 



    
        

            Adam Block