Friday, 23 March 2012

And here is the first night’s data of the Leo Triplet….

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This is 2h 30 min of data (more being collected tonight,as Bizibilder writes these notes).  The upper two are (Messier) M65 and M66 the lower one is NGC3628.  All three are spiral galaxies about 35 million light years away.  They really are a close group – not just a line of sight effect.  The difference in appearance is due to their different orientations in space.  NGC3628 being almost “edge on”, you can see a huge dust lane running through its centre.

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