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At The Eyepiece Object of the Night - Barred Spiral Galaxy Messier 77

15 Jan 2020, 15:00 UTC
At The Eyepiece Object of the Night - Barred Spiral Galaxy Messier 77
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Yesterdays object was NGC1055, at magnitude 11.4, this edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Cetus can be a challenge to observe visually. Today's haul should be a bit easier, and its close proximity to NGC1055 can help you nab both galaxies on the same night, maybe in the same field of view.We are talking about Messier 77, which is a barred-on spiral galaxy sitting pretty in the constellation Cetus at magnitude 9.6. This galaxy has some subtle detail, as our image hints there is quite a bit of faint detail surround the galaxy, but the distinct bar should be easy to pick up. Although the galaxy is very interesting in on its own, I still find the star field closer to NGC 1055 more appealing. I can't wait to actually get them both in the same field of view a bit better than my grab below.So here are the specs for Messier 77:Cetus AM 77 - NGC 1068 - PGC 10266 - UGC 2188 - Arp 37Type: galaxy ((R)SA(rs)b)Magnitude: 8.87 (reduced to 9.10 by 1.64 Airmasses)RA/Dec (J2000.0): 2h42m40.78s/-0°00'47.8"Az./Alt.: +239°53'14.0"/+34°54'13.2" (apparent)Size: +0°07'06.00" x +0°06'00.01"Orientation angle: 12°Distance: 14.400 Mpc (46.973 M ly)Messier 77 (And NGC 1055 at the bottom) 13frames_1560sTelescope - Explore ...

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