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]

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RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
ASA DDM85
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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