NGC 5614 (Boo) and Arp 178: an image

Arp 178: NGC 5614 (center of the image)  NGC 5613 (right) and NGC 5615 (on NGC 5614's halo): an image (19 May)

Arp 178: NGC 5614 (center of the image) NGC 5613 (right) and NGC 5615 (on NGC 5614’s halo): an image (19 May)

NGC 5614 (center of the image) is a very interesting galaxy part of an apparent triplet known as Arp 178 (including also NGC 5613, on the right, and NGC 5615, on the NGC 5614 halo) Both NGC 5614 and 5615 are estimated to be at 190 millions of light  years from us, while NGC 5613 is likely at 400 millions of light years. NGC 5614 clearly shows an off center core and and evident, huge plume, perhaps related to NGC 5615.

The picture above comes from the average of twelve, 300-seconds exposures, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. Images were unguided, binning 1×1, then rescaled to fit a resulting scale of 0.8″/pixel.

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