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Fornax Cluster Wide Field

 

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         Object Fornax Cluster
         Comment The Fornax Cluster, aptly named due to its location in the constellation Fornax, is approximately 60 million light-years from Earth, and is one of the closest galaxy clusters to the Milky Way. Clusters are large groupings of galaxies that are gravitationally bound together, containing enough matter to pull other distant galaxies toward them. The image displays two broad galaxy groups, spirals and ellipticals. An example of a spiral galaxy is NGC 1365 seen at center. The cluster is dominated by ellipticals such as NGC 1399 of which in comparison contain no presence of star formation.

An annotated version of the image can be seen here.

This image is a LRGB composite
         Optics Takahashi FSQ-106ED F/5 (530mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta U16M - 1x1 bin (image scale: 3.5 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 10.5 hours
         Date November 2011

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