Blade and Pearl Galaxy (NGC 5746) in Virgo

NGC 5746 is a massive edge-on sys­tem that belongs to the Virgo-Libra Cloud of Galax­ies. It has a whop­ping lin­ear dia­met­er of 162’000 light-years at a dis­tance of 96 mil­lion ly. It is an inter­me­di­ate-type spir­al with a very small, bright nuc­le­us in a mod­er­ately small, though bright, pea­nut-shaped bulge.

The galaxy in the upper right corner is NGC 5740 shin­ing at 11.8 mag with an appar­ent dia­met­er of 2.8′ x 1.5′.

[descrip­tion from O’Meara]

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RCOS 20″ f/8.5
Para­mount ME
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 620:220:200:200 min.
Sierra Remote, California
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Blade and Pearl Galaxy (NGC 5746) in Virgo

NGC 5714 Galaxy Sky Chart Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

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