Messier 77, A Seyfert in Cetus

by on Jun.28, 2013, under Image Gallery


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Messier 77 is a barred-spiral galaxy that is located in the constellation Cetus. This galaxy resides 47 million light-years from Earth, and it is the brightest galaxy of its class. M77 spans 170,000 light-years, and it is one of the largest galaxies in Charles Messier’s catalog.

Data acquired and reduced by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Data processed by: Salvatore Grasso
Exposure time: 26 hours
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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