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NGC 945

Like huge eddies in a great celestial sea, these two galaxies swirl undisturbed in the constellation of Cetus. NGC 945 (the larger of the two) is one of main galaxies in a sparse group in this direction of sky. These galaxies are estimated to be over 150 million light years away. In the past NGC 945 has sported a supernova that was detected by astronomers.

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Last Updated: 26-Feb-2014

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Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/10

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

No sharpening or DDP was applied to this image (not enough signal) .

The AO unit was used for this image.

Luminance = 80 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 3x3

Green = 20 minutes binned 3x3

Blue = 40 minutes binned 3x3

Minimum credit line: Bob Tait and John Kielty/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF