NGC 891 edge-on galaxy: an image – 8 Oct. 2023

We imaged the superb, edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 891 and the many small galaxies in the same field of view. The resulting picture is below.

NGC 891. 8 Oct. 2023.

NGC 891. 8 Oct. 2023.

The image above comes from the average of 19, 120-second exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with the ARTEC250+Paramount ME+C3Pro61000EC robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project facility in Manciano, Italy. The image was gently processed to show all the finest details and structures visible in the original data.

NGC 891 is one of the best examples of edge-on spiral galaxies. It was discovered by W. Herschel in 1784 and its distance is estimated in 30 million light years. The large field of view (1.9 deg. along the diagonals) covered by the image above contains many more small galaxies on the background.

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