||This "Trio in Leo" is quite spectacular to behold. Unlike
(another trio in Leo) these three galaxies are easily captured in a single
image. There is actually a fourth member of this group which not shown- but
the group also goes by another catalogued name of "Hickson 44." These
galaxies are estimated to be 60 million light years away. The galaxy furthest
to the left is an elliptical galaxy (NGC 3193) and is fairly devoid of detail.
center of the image features NGC 3190. This galaxy is spiral galaxy whose
arms are tightly wound around the disk. From our perspective, we view this
galaxy 8 degrees from edge-on. Finally NGC 3187 on the right is both dim
and striking in shape as a spiral galaxy. |
In order to appreciate this image, first click on the image shown on this page to give you the overall impression of the group. Then click HERE to see a much larger version. At this larger scale it is easier to see small details in the foreground galaxies as well as the myriad of others in the background cosmos.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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