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NGC 908

Located in Cetus, this is a starburst galaxy undergoing a period of intense star formation seen as the numerous clumps of bright stars in its spiral arms. It is also asymmetrical, with a peculiar split in the spiral arm on the right side of the galaxy. Both these characteristics usually mean the galaxy has been disturbed by some massive intruder, usually another galaxy. (Distance: 65 million ly)

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Last Updated: 26-Feb-2014

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16in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.8

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

The AO-7 unit was used to acquire this image.

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 = 80 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: George and Laura Mishler/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF