NGC 2903 – Leo

NGC 2903

NGC 2903

From a distance of almost 30 millions of light year, lurking among the stars of Leo, the elegance of the barred spiral of NGC 2903 is astonishing. The central core of this realm of stars shows some hot spots, believed to be young globular clusters. It was discovered by W. Herschel on 16 Nov. 1784. It is showing an exceptional star formation activity.

The high-res image above was taken with the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. 15, 300-seconds images were averaged: images were unguided, trusting the robotic Paramount ME mount hosting the optical tube. The image scale is 0.9″/pixel

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