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NGC 3359

This delicate spiral galaxy is located 49 million light years away. Astronomers who recently studied this galaxy determined that the central bar of the galaxy is a relatively young feature (by galactic standards) at around 500 million years old. Through time galaxies change in their structure and shape. This galaxy might eventually look something like NGC 1300. These astronomers also analyzed 77 HII (gas clouds, pink in this picture) regions in this galaxy.

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Last Updated: 27-Mar-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.

Color data by Steve Zigler (4/23/04)- taken under very poor conditions.

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 = 90 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Svend and Carl Freytag/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF