NGC891 – Edge-on Galaxy

NGC891 – Edge-on Galaxy

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NGC891 is an edge-on spiral galaxy thought to be about the same size and shape as our Milky Way.  Located in Andromeda, the galaxy is about 30 million light years away.  While we see the galaxy edge-on, the Milky Way would be nearly impossible to view from NGC891 for the same reason we cannot see (in the visual spectrum) through the dust lanes and stars of our own galaxy (called the Zone of Avoidance).

This image is comprised of 35 360s exposures using a Canon T4i DSLR and Edge 11″ SCT at f/10, taken at a dark site in Westcliffe, Colorado.

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Resolution ........ 0.317 arcsec/pix
Rotation .......... -89.471 deg
Focal ............. 2927.36 mm
Pixel size ........ 4.50 um
Field of view ..... 26' 55.8" x 17' 56.1"
Image center ...... RA: 02 22 33.119  Dec: +42 20 26.53