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The Whale Galaxy
04-APR-2012

The Whale Galaxy

NGC 4631 (also known as the Whale Galaxy or Caldwell 32) is an edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici.
This galaxy's slightly distorted wedge shape gives it the appearance of a herring or a whale, hence its nickname.
Because this nearby galaxy is seen edge-on from Earth, professional astronomers observe this galaxy to better understand the gas and stars located outside the plane of the galaxy (WIKI)

The Hockey Stick can be seen at the upper right.

Imaged with Boren-Simon 10" F/2.8 POWERNEWT Astrograph.
SBIG ST8300M camera with FW5 filterwheel and BAADER HA-LRGB filters.

L = 90 minutes
RGB = 6 minutes each (BIN 2x2)= 18 minutes.
Total of 108 minutes.

Imaged from the NEGEV desert in ISRAEL





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