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|| This delicate spiral galaxy is located 49 million light years away.
Astronomers who recently studied this galaxy determined that the central
bar of the galaxy is a relatively young feature (by galactic standards) at
around 1/2 billion years old. Through time galaxies change in their structure
and shape. This galaxy might evenutally look something like
These astronomers also analyzed 77 HII (gas clouds, pink in this picture)
regions in this galaxy.
RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.4
Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount
SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel
color production was used to create this image.
Luminance = 90 minutes
Red = 20 minutes
Green = 20 minutes
Blue = 20 minutes
Color data by Steve Zigler (4/23/04)- taken under very poor
One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using
CCDsharp was applied to the luminance image.
Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to
display the the very dim and very bright details of the image simultaneously.
Minimum credit line: Svend and Carl Freytag/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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