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Interacting Galaxies NGC 3226 and 3227

About this object

Also known as ARP 94, NGC 3226 and NGC 3227 are an interacting galaxy pair. This interaction is causing the stars in both galaxies to be flung out, most likely due to tidal interactions. You can see the faint tails , wisps and loops of stars around the galaxies and a long tail extending below NGC 3227. The bright star to the left in the wider field view is 2nd magnitude Algieba. This Galaxy pair is located in the constellation Leo.

Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SV130 Triplet Refractor
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: SBIG STL 11K
  • Filters: Standard SBIG LRGB filter set
  • Exposure: LRGB 300:120:120:120
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 4.56, CCD Commander
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: Feb 10
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