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NGC 613

NGC 613 seems like a good southern counterpart to the more famous barred spiral galaxy, NGC 7479. Astronomers studying this galaxy are interested in the processes that take place along the bar of the galaxy. One recent paper suggests that this galaxy could have two bar-like structures in its center. Studies of this galaxy in the radio wavelengths indicate that the nucleus is extremely active. There is some evidence for an accelerated and collimated jet of gas being expelled from the center of the galaxy. NGC 613 is around 64 million light years away.

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Last Updated: 25-Feb-2014

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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.

This fantastic object (a southern version of NGC 7479) is very low in the sky as seen from Kitt Peak.

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

Minimum credit line: Fred Calvert/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF