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NGC 4676: The Mice

These two spiral galaxies are located about 290 million lightyears away in the constellation Coma Berenices. The galaxies' gravitational pulls on one another produce the long mice-like tails seen in the image. It is thought that these galaxies are currently undergoing a collision and may have already done so in the past.

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Last Updated: 03-Apr-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.

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 = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 30 minutes binned 2x2

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