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NGC 4565 The Needle Galaxy


NGC 4565, also known as the Needle Galaxy   is an edge-on spiral galaxy about 40 million light years from Earth and is about 100,000 light years in diameter, it is located in the constellation Coma Berenices.

This 10 magnitude galaxy is perpendicular to our own Milky Way galaxy and is almost directly above the North Galactic Pole, the same way Polaris is located above the Earth's North Pole.

It is known as the Needle Galaxy because of its long and narrow profile. It was first observed in 1785 by Sir William Herschel , this is one of the most famous examples of an edge-on spiral galaxy.  Some sky enthusiasts consider NGC 4565 to be a prominent celestial masterpiece Messier missed.

I will revisit this and collect more data when time allows, this image was collected in one night and I need much more data to bring out the dust trails that surround this beautiful needle galaxy.

This image was taken April 15, 2013

This image consists of : 7 X 10mins RGB, 10 X 10mins L    Total time = 5.13 hours





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