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NGC 4145

NGC 4145 is around 44 million light years away and is part of the Ursa Major cluster of galaxies. This cluster contains many bright spirals for which NGC 4145 is a member. However this galaxy is considered relatively "anemic" due to the fact that unlike most spiral galaxies it does not have a lot of star formation taking place. While the spiral arms of this galaxy are punctuated by some activity, the rest of the galaxy is quite quiet. Indeed astronomers suggest that a galaxy like this will soon (in galactic terms) lose the impetus to form stars and settle down to become a lenticular galaxy. Interestingly this galaxy is interacting with another (NGC 4151). This may help maintain the star formation in NGC 4145. In fact close inspection of the nucleus of NGC 4145 seems to indicate that the tug of NGC 4151 has displaced it from its position in the center of NGC 4145.

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Last Updated: 28-Mar-2014

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Equipment

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.

Bright guide star contaminated the field with a bit of scattered light.

Two iterations of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were 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 = 105 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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