||NGC 6769 (upper right), NGC
6770 (upper left) and NGC 6771 (below)
||Interacting galaxy trio
||19 h 19 min -
60° 31' (Pavo)
||Located towards the far southern
constellation of Pavo (the Peacock), this cosmic tango is happening 190
million lightyears away. While NGC 6769 seems pretty intact, its
neighbour shows heavily disturbed spiral arms. All three galaxies display
a similarly bright central bulge. The squarish shape of NGC 6971 is a rare
occurrence among galaxies. As a result of the interactions many new
stars have been born (blue regions) and a lot of starforming regions
(pink) are readily apparent.
These galaxies are mag 12.4, 12.4 and 13.4 respectively.
The field of view is 10 x 15 arcminutes with north towards the top.
||LRGB 120:40:40:40 min @ -20°C
; L exposures 15 min, RGB exposures 10 min binned 2x2
||SBIG ST-10XE with Astrodon filterset - selfguided
||RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien
||MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta,
|Location - Date - Time
||San Esteban (Chile) - 13Aug2004 @
||Transparency 6, Seeing 5, Temperature