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NGC 2207

Quite a bit of commotion is happening 114 million light years away with these two galaxies! The smaller of the two galaxies is approximately the same size as our own Milky Way galaxy. These galaxies are passing very near to one another so that their mutual gravitation influence distorts the shape of the other. Look closely to see a brown arc to the right of the nucleus of the smaller galaxy. This is the spiral arm of the larger galaxy (NGC 2207) which is in the foreground. This galactic dance is beginning to trigger massive regions of star formations (barely discernable here as pink dots along the spiral arms).

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Last Updated: 12-Mar-2014

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Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/10

SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was 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 = 60 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 10 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 35 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Thalia and Norman Terrell/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF