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NGC 3310

This starburst spiral galaxy is located about 59 million lightyears away in the constellation Ursa Major. NGC 3310 likely collided with a neighboring galaxy 100 million years ago, which triggered large outbursts of star formation, seen as bright blue patches in the spiral arms. While starbursts were once thought  to be brief intervals in the history of a galaxy, NGC 3310 showed astronomers that outbursts of star formation could continue for extended periods of time. Read more about NGC 3310 and starburst galaxies here.

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Last Updated: 27-Mar-2014

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Equipment

16in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.4

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was applied to the luminance 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

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