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Hickson 44 Galaxy group

Hickson 44 Galaxy group

About 60 million light years away, in the constellation of Leo, sits this amazing group of galaxies called Hickson 44 (from the catalog by astronomer Paul Hickson)
At the center is NGC 3190, a spiral Galaxy that we see nearly edge on.
To its upper right is NGC 3193, an elliptical galaxy.
Lower to the center is NGC 3187, another spiral with a prominent central bar.
To the lower left is NGC 3185 - It is also a barred spiral, but its bar is subtle and much smaller relative to its overall size.

The galaxies in Hickson 44 are close enough that they interact with each other gravitationally.
This causes the individual galaxies to become distorted and in some cases even share material.

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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