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NGC1365 - Barred Spiral Galaxy


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         Object NGC1365 in Fornax
         Comment NGC1365 is a giant barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Fornax and a member of the Fornax Cluster of Galaxies. Many spiral galaxies have bars across their center, however few are so prominent as the one present in NGC1365.
The location of young blue star clusters and pink HII regions in the dramatic spiral arms indicate a strong rotating density as they twirl towards the galaxy's nucleus. The bright yellow nucleus is likely to contain a massive black hole. Astronomers believe the gravity field of NGC1365's bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy's evolution, funneling gas and dust into the central star forming regions and ultimately feeding material into its massive black hole. NGC1365 is approximately 60 million light-years distant.

Thanks to Fred Vanderhaven for the additional luminance data from his 10" RCOS/ST8 combo which assisted in completing this mission.

This image is a LLRGB composite.

Award: The David Malin Awards 2008 - Amateur Deep Sky Category - Honourable Mention
         Optics RCOS 12.5" F/9.15 (2846mm FL)
         Camera SBIG STL-11000M - 1x1 bin (image scale .65 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 6.5 hours (L:210min,R:60min,G:60min,B:60min)
         Date 04/11/2007 - 05/11/2007


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