NGC 4438: The Eyes
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||These interacting galaxies (NGC 4438 on the left and NGC 4435 to the right)
lie in the heart of the Virgo cluster. If
either of these galaxies was a spiral, such structures were disturbed long
ago by gravitational forces due to close encounters with other galaxies and
the heavyweight - M87. These galaxies are around
40 million light years away.
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 = 60 minutes
Red = 10 minutes
Green = 10 minutes
Blue = 10 minutes
The short exposure times meant that slightly different
processing steps were taken to display the faintest aspects of the
image (hopefully without making it look too noisy).
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: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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