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NGC 3294

NGC 3294 is a tightly coiled galaxy around 70 million light years away. This galaxy has a small bar in its heart and it is one of many galaxies recently surveyed by astronomers. In the survey, astronomers looked at over 900 different galaxies (NGC 3294 shown here was one) and tried to determine if their shape was caused by their environment. What they found is that barred galaxies seem to form in a variety of environments (with and without the perturbations of neighboring galaxies) . Thus they concluded that barred spiral galaxies probably form due to mechanics in the galaxy itself.

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Last Updated: 27-Mar-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to display the very dim and very bright details of

the image simultaneously.

Luminance = 90 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Ryan Steinberg and Family/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF