Splinter Galaxy (NGC 5907) in Draco

NGC 5907 is a mod­er­ately large galaxy seen at only 2° from edge on. Its true phys­ic­al size is about 120’000 light years and the dis­tance from earth is estim­ated to be 36 mil­lion light years.

This deep image reveals parts of the loop sys­tem, prob­ably rep­res­ent­ing the ghostly debris trail of a dwarf galaxy that orbited NGC 5907 but was gradu­ally ripped apart. A more stretched ver­sion of the lumin­ance can be found here.

Jay GaBany cre­ated an unsur­passed image of NGC 5907 loops in 2008 with a half-meter tele­scope loc­ated at New Mexico.

[from O’Meara]


RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 600:200:200:160 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Splinter Galaxy (NGC 5907) in Draco

NGC 5907 Galaxy Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz Skychart

Image cre­ated by Skychart

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About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.