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NGC5033, The Octopus Galaxy

by on May.31, 2014, under Image Gallery

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The Octopus Galaxy, NGC5033, is a Seyfert spiral galaxy located 43 million light years from Earth. It lies in the constellation Canes Venatici. With a diameter of 100,000 light years, its size is very similar to our own Milky Way. In the center of this galaxy lies a supermassive black hole that powers its active galactic nucleus. The background of the star-field where NGC5033 lies, is littered with distant red-shifted galaxies which are best appreciated in the larger view.

Image credit: Ryan M. Hannahoe and Salvatore Grasso
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico

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