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]


RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
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

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.