NGC 5908

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At an estimated distance of 140 million light years away, NGC 5908 looks very similar to a minature Sombrero Galaxy, NGC 5908 has a fairly small bulge. The size of a central bulge for a particular galaxy is often a very good indicator of its morphological type. A small bulge in this case suggests that NGC 5908 is a barred spiral galaxy not unlike NGC 5068. Other nearby galaxies to NGC 5908 include NGC 5905 and NGC 5907 .


20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.4
Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount
SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

L R G B color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = 90 minutes binned 1x1
Red = 15 minutes binned 2x2
Green = 15 minutes binned 2x2
Blue = 15 minutes binned 2x2

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

  • Minimum credit line: John Pierce/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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    Updated: 05/17/04