Sil­ver Streak Galaxy (NGC 4216)

NGC 4216 Galaxy (Silver Streak Galaxy) Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

NGC 4216 is the bright­est of three edge-on sys­tems in the con­stel­la­tion of Virgo. It is a Mixed Spir­al Galaxy (SABb) shin­ing at mag 10.3 with an angu­lar size of 7.9’x1.7′ at a dis­tance of 55 mil­lion light-years. The true dia­met­er of the galaxy meas­ures about 91’000 light-years, which is about the dimen­sion of the Milky Way.

The com­pan­ions of NGC 4216 are NGC 4222 in the upper left corner (mag 13.3) and NGC 4206 lower right (mag 12.3), all at about the same dis­tance from earth.

A starstream around NGC 4216 has been detec­ted some time ago (see here for Ken Crawford’s APOD), which can be seen at the left side of the galaxy (inver­ted image). North is up in this image.

[descrip­tion from O’Meara]

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RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
ASA DDM85
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 720:300:280:200 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart NGC 4216

NGC 3077 Galaxy Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz Skychart

Image cre­ated by Skychart