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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

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