NGC 6028

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At a distance of 196 million light years away, NGC 6028 is the nearest (kinematically identified) ring galaxy. It is a "Hoag-type" galaxy that has an intrinisically bright blue ring surrounding a much more yellow/red nuclear region. The space in between seems devoid of much galactic material or certainly star formation. NGC 6028 does, however, put the original Hoag galaxy (PGC 54559) into perspective. Compared to the original NGC 6028 is not even twice its angular size. However, Hoag's galaxy is 3 times more distant. Thus while NGC 6028 is a showy example of ring-like galaxies- the original blossoms to gargantuan scales based on its remoteness.


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 = 100 minutes binned 1x1
Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Blue = 30 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: Donn and Aaron Starkey/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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    Updated: 06/29/05