Friday, February 17, 2012

APOD 3.5

February 16, 2012
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NGC 5965 and NGC 5963 in Draco

The two galaxies, NGC 5965 and NGC 5963 are located in the constellation Draco the dragon which is circumpolar. NGC 5963 is the blue galaxy viewed face on and NGC 5965 is the other spiral galaxy in the photograph.  The photo also contains other galaxies as well as scattered stars from our own galaxy, The Milky Way.  The two main galaxies the picture focuses on are very far away from eachother in reality although this picture is deceiving.  They also have no relation to eachother. NGC 5965 spans 200,000 light years across.  NGC 5963 is a low surface brightness galaxy meaning that it's luminosities are only slightly brighter than the background sky.

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